A single-engine airplane plunged into a semitruck on Terminal Island near San Pedro on Friday, Feb. 19, killing the pilot and sending a man who was in the semi to a hospital in serious condition, authorities said.
Los Angeles city firefighters responded at noon to the 2500 block of South Navy Way in the Port of Los Angeles, spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said.
The pilot was the only person on board the plane, said Peter Knudson, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, Stewart said. It was unclear if anyone else was in the truck.
The six-seat 1973 Piper PA-32 took off from Torrance Municipal Airport, where it was based, at 11:47 a.m., Knudson said. It is unclear where it was headed.
Bystanders pulled the pilot from the wreckage and attempted CPR while being directed by a Fire Department dispatcher until firefighters arrived, Stewart said.
The pilot was later identified as Larry Edward Voit, 53, of Gardena, according to the coroner’s office.
The occupant of the truck was a man believed to be about 30 years old, Stewart said.
The Piper ended up in a somewhat-empty parking lot area just to the north of Navy Way.
Hours later, investigators continued to walk around the plane and take photos of the inside and outside of the craft, while police and fire officials were about. Trucks carrying cargo streamed by, with some drivers pausing to stop and look at the scene.
Operations at the Port of Los Angeles were not impacted by the crash, Stewart said.
The NTSB is expected to release a preliminary report on the crash with basic information within two weeks. A final report, which determines the probable cause and any contributing factors, typically will follow in 12 to 24 months.
The NTSB asked that witnesses of the flight or crash contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Terminal Island is largely a man-made island, primarily dedicated to the shipping industry now; it also serves as the key pathway connecting San Pedro and Long Beach.
A federal prison and the region’s U.S. Coast Guard station are on Terminal Island, once also home to a U.S. Navy station.
Staff writer Donna Littlejohn contributed to this report.