Pilot, passenger survive small plane crash near LA supermarket

By Eric DuVall  |  Updated Sept. 23, 2017 at 5:34 PM
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Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Two college students headed to Burbank airport in southern California survived when their small aircraft crash-landed on a city street late Friday.

The unidentified pilot and passenger radioed in a distress call shortly before the plane crashed in the lawn in front of an apartment building, across the street from a Smart & Final grocery store in Glendale, Calif.

"He's obviously shaken up from the incident," Glendale Police Sgt. Scott Byrne told KTLA-TV, adding the pilot was cooperating with police at the scene. "The guy just survived the plane crash, so he seems to be OK."

The passenger was briefly hospitalized for minor injuries. The pilot suffered a laceration and was treated at the scene. The men were returning from campus for the weekend.

One of the men told police he felt lucky to be alive after the ordeal, so much so he'd already purchased a lottery ticket from the grocery store near the scene.

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