Report: Pilot Reported Landing Gear Problem Before La Crash

This aerial image taken from video provided by KABC-TV shows firefighters responding to a small plane that crashed in Sylmar, Calif., on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. The plane crashed alongside a Los Angeles freeway and authorities say one person has been confirmed dead. Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart says firefighters are searching to determine whether there was anyone else aboard the plane. Wreckage came to rest among trees alongside Interstate 210 in the Sylmar area of the northern San Fernando Valley.  (KABC-TV via AP)
This aerial image taken from video provided by KABC-TV shows firefighters responding to a small plane that crashed in Sylmar, Calif., on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. The plane crashed alongside a Los Angeles freeway and authorities say one person has been confirmed dead. Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart says firefighters are searching to determine whether there was anyone else aboard the plane. Wreckage came to rest among trees alongside Interstate 210 in the Sylmar area of the northern San Fernando Valley. (KABC-TV via AP)
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The pilot killed in the crash of a small plane along a Los Angeles freeway last month had reported a problem with his landing gear, according to a preliminary report released by the National Transportation Safety Board.

The pilot, who was not identified, was the only person on board the twin-engine Cessna 337 Skymaster when it crashed around 12:30 p.m. on April 20.

Wreckage came to rest among trees on an embankment along Interstate 210 in the Sylmar area of the northern San Fernando Valley.

Shortly after takeoff from nearby Whiteman Airport, the pilot radioed that his landing gear had not fully retracted, the NTSB said.

The pilot said he intended to climb to 2500 feet (762 meters) and circle the airport.

“Tower personnel approved his request. There were no further radio transmissions from the pilot,” the preliminary report released Monday said.

The plane's left wing struck a fence before the aircraft hit the ground, investigators found.

The investigation is ongoing, officials said.