Authorities believe a pilot killed when his plane crashed on approach to Fullerton Airport, at the last second steered the plane away from a crowded area of homes, an apartment
building and a hotel. The twin-engine Cessna crashed and burned yesterday afternoon in a small vacant lot between homes in Buena Park, southeast of Los Angeles.
The pilot alone in the plane had been cleared to land at Fullerton about one pm. Air traffic controllers at the airfield radioed the pilot that his plane´s landing gear wasn´t down, then
watched as the plane rolled and crashed within 75 feet of tightly-packed homes.
The pilot´s identity was withheld pending notification of relatives.
Clint Ochodnicky said he and his ten-month-old son were outside their nearby hotel room when he heard a loud pop, and then saw the plane falling toward them. He said: “I looked at my son, and I knew there was nothing I could do. We were going to die, and I was in shock.” But the plane banked just above them, and crashed nose-first into the empty lot.