Small plane crash in Glendale

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(CNS) – A few hundred customers remained without electricity early this morning after a single-engine plane heading to Van Nuys Airport crashed on a street in Glendale, downing power lines but leaving the pilot with only relatively minor injuries.

The Cessna crashed in the 1200 block of Glenwood Road, near the intersection of Grandview Road, about 8:30 p.m. Monday, slightly injuring the pilot, said Glendale police Sgt. Robert Rosas.

The pilot, who was crawling out of the plane when rescuers arrived, was the only one aboard, according to a Glendale Fire Department dispatcher. He complained of arm, shoulder and back pain and was treated at a hospital and released, Glendale Fire Department Battalion Chief Greg Godfrey said.

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The plane — it was reported flying in from Phoenix — struck three power poles and a tree as it crashed, said Glendale police Sgt. Tom Lorenz. Nearly 2,000 homes initially lost power, with around 300 customers still without service this morning, he said.

The Glendale Department of Water and Power dispatched repair crews to the site. They were hoping to restore power to all customers by 2 p.m., Lorenz said. Three homes around the crash site were evacuated as a precaution, Godfrey said.

The Cessna P210 was en route to Van Nuys when it suffered a mechanical problem and its pilot attempted to divert to Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, Lorenz said.

Air traffic controllers at Bob Hope notified the Glendale Fire Department that the plane had disappeared from radar about three miles from the airport, he said. “Then we started getting phone calls,” Lorenz said.

The cause of the crash was under investigation and National Transportation Safety Board officials were at the scene, he said.

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