A small plane crashed into a container-loading area at the Port of Long Beach on Sunday afternoon, seriously injuring the pilot, who was pulled from the wreckage by port workers, a fire official said.
The aircraft, carrying only the pilot, landed nose-down in a relatively empty paved area at the Pacific Container Terminal, said Battalion Chief Jeff Reeb of the Long Beach Fire Department.
He said the single-engine plane cracked in two on impact and came to a rest near a stack of steel containers but did little damage to anything on the ground. There was no fire.
Two employees and a longshoreman rescued the pilot from the crippled plane, and he was taken to St. Mary Medical Center, where he was in stable condition, Reeb said.