On Friday, January 12, 2007 at 10:54 AM, five Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, five LAFD Rescue Ambulances, one Arson Unit, one Rehab Unit, one Hazardous Materials Team, one Helicopter, two EMS Battalion Captains, four Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, one Division Chief Officer Command Team, one Mobile Command Post, Crash and Foam Carrier 114, and the Emergency Light Utility, all under the direction of Assistant Chief Terrance Manning responded to an Aircraft Crash near Hayvenhurst Avenue and Chase Street just north of Van Nuys Airport in Van Nuys.
The LAFD Firefighter/Dispatchers received multiple calls reporting that a plane had crashed just north of the Van Nuys Airport, erupting into a massive ball of fire.
Airport Crash rigs and local Firefighters reported a large "loom-up" or column of smoke as soon as they left quarters. Upon arriving at the scene of the crash, Crash 114 immediately began applying voluminous amounts of firefighting foam while additional firefighters used hoselines to control and extinguish the blaze.
Fortunately, even though the plane, with a full load of aviation fuel, had crashed into a residential neighborhood, it managed to crash into a vacant lot and no homes were struck or damaged.
No one on the ground was injured or killed. Several vehicles were destroyed in the impact and ensuing fire.
After extinguishing the fire, Firefighters searched the wreckage for survivors. No survivors were found, however, two individuals were declared deceased within the plane.
According to the flight tower, the 1996 Cessna Citation 525 was flying with two individuals on board. Early indications are that the plane suffered a failure on takeoff, was unable to recover, and crashed with no survivors.
The cause of the crash is under investigation by the FAA, NTSB, and a variety of other regulating bodies.
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Submitted by Ron Myers, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department