RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The pilot of a small plane died Sunday in a crash in a neighborhood in Riverside, a fire officials said.
The air traffic control tower at Riverside Municipal Airport about 5 p.m. received a distress call from a single-engine B35 Cessna, according to Capt. Tim Odebralski of the Riverside Fire Department. The pilot reported having engine trouble and requested an emergency landing at the airport.
“The pilot stated that he didn’t think he was going to make it and that’s the last transmission,” Odebralski told KTLA.
A neighbor said the plane appeared to be on fire and clipped a power line before crashing, KTLA reported.
The plane then crashed in the 4500 block of Adams Street, coming to a stop on a sidewalk and through a fence in the backyard of a home, the fire official said. It happened near Adams Elementary School and less than half a mile from the nearest runway at the airport.
The unidentified pilot was pronounced dead at the scene, Odebralski said, adding that no one on the ground was injured.
The FAA and NTSB are investigating the crash.