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    Small Plane Crashes On Takeoff From LB Airport; Falls Behind Facility On Industry Ave. (behind Cherry Ave. auto dealer); Two Aboard Plane Die; LBFD Extinguishes Fire, Prevents Spread

    (September 11, 2005) -- A small plane crashed on takeoff from LB Airport on Sunday Sept. 11, killing two people aboard when it burst into flames on impact behind an industrial building on the west side of the 3700 block of Industry Ave., east of Cherry Ave. (behind the auto dealers).

    Details are sketchy as we post. The L.A. County Coroner's Office told Sunday night that dental records may be used to make positive identification. [We've withheld posting a photograph of the crash until the deceased are identified and next of kin notified.]

    The crash took place at about 3:45 p.m. The plane fell in the back of an Industry Ave. industrial facility abutting the back portion of a Cherry Ave. car dealer. LBFD Battalion Chief Jeff Reeb said no one on the ground was injured.

    Industry Ave. is within part of the City of Lakewood that juts down into LB...but with a plane down and on fire, LB Firefighters responded immediately, extinguished the flames and prevented their spread to adjacent industrial facilities.

    LBFD Fire Chief Dave Ellis was on scene personally and said LBFD units were first to arrive. LBFD's Airport unit deployed immediately and a second LBFD unit (completing another call) heard the events and barreled south from Artesia Blvd.

    LBPD North Division Commander Scott Robertson, an LBPD Sergeant and several police units also responded. As we watched, L.A. County Sheriff personnel and LB's first responders appeared to be coordinating their response.

    Additional details weren't immediately available. Further to follow as newsworthy.

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