PACOIMA — A single-engine airplane flown by a student pilot and his flight instructor made an emergency landing on a residential street Monday night, barreling into a parked car and losing its left wing before skidding to a stop in a front yard, officials said.
As stunned neighbors ran into the street to check the commotion, the plane's two occupants emerged shaken but unharmed from the Belanca Scout aircraft, which had been preparing to land at nearby Whiteman Airport when its engine failed at about 7:25 p.m., police said.
"I thought it was an earthquake or a big accident," said Celia Tovar Palos, who lives five houses from where the plane landed in the 13300 block of Desmond Street. "I couldn't believe it when I saw what it was."
The plane's unidentified student pilot was taken to Holy Cross Medical Center in Woodland Hills complaining of chest pains, but his condition was not considered life-threatening, said Brian Humphrey, a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman.