COMPTON (CBSLA) – At least one person was killed and another injured in a collision between two planes on the runway of the Compton/Woodley Airport Wednesday night, officials said.


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Compton Fire Department crews and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies responded just around 6:52 p.m. to the scene, where one plane – a single-engine Cessna 152 – had caught fire.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, a single-engine North American T28 collided with the Cessna on Runway 25L. The T28 is a military trainer aircraft first used in the 1950s and which saw action in the Vietnam War.

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The second victim was taken to an area hospital in unknown condition.

A pilot at the scene described what he heard.

“Heard this unbelievable explosion, and came out to see what happened,” witness Billy Jackson said. “I didn’t know what it was. I mean, it just sounded like the loudest explosion you could’ve imagined and came out to just a fireball of activity out on the runway.”

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The collision will be investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA, which sent an inspector to the scene.