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PACOIMA, Calif. – The pilot of a small plane died Thursday when the aircraft crashed into a California neighborhood and burst into flames.

The Los Angeles Fire Department confirmed there were no other injuries reported in the crash that occurred just before noon. The pilot, who was the plane’s sole occupant, has not been identified, and initial reports that the aircraft struck a home “appear to be unfounded,” KABC reported.

After crashing, the plane burst into flames, which spread to two vehicles and the front yard of a home, according to LAFD Capt. Erik Scott, KTLA reported.

“Firefighters saved that home, so it did not actually get any fire inside that home,” Scott told the TV station, noting that a third vehicle was also damaged.

Responding firefighters extinguished several vehicles engulfed by flames near a Whiteman Airport runway, and Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor issued a statement noting the single-engine Cessna 172 was approaching the airport’s Runway 12 at the time of the crash, KABC reported.

Multiple sources from the airport confirmed to KTLA that the plane was a Civil Air Patrol aircraft, and witnesses said that the aircraft became entangled in power lines as it crashed.

“It was stuck on the wire, so once that wire right there was hanging with the plane, it just blew up,” Jose Vasquez told reporters at the scene.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause of the crash.

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