Three hurt when small airplane lands in wash next to San Gabriel Valley Airport in El Monte

EL MONTE >> Three people suffered apparently minor injuries after a small airplane landed in a wash next to the San Gabriel Valley Airport in El Monte on Friday night, officials said.

The incident was first reported at 8:16 p.m., El Monte police Lt. Ben Lowry said.

A small airplane went down in a wash alongside the Rio Hondo River just west of the airport, Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Ron Haralson said.

Three patients were treated for injuries described as minor, the captain said. There were no initial reports of any fire involved with the incident.

FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said the aircraft had been described as a Cessna C175, and had “crasjed off airport under unknown circumstances.” The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board were investigating.

Federal Aviation Administration records showed the tail number painted on the aircraft belonged to a single-engine Piper PA-22-160.

No further details were available.


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