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Airplane Pilot Killed in Port of L.A. Crash Identified

PortandTerminal.com, February 21, 2021

LOS ANGELES, CA – The pilot who was killed when his small airplane crashed into a cargo container yard at the Port of Los Angeles on Friday has been identified.

The pilot was Larry Voit, 53, of Gardena, California according to the coroner’s office. Voit’s Piper PA-32 airplane struck a tractor-trailer on its way down. One man on the ground was seriously injured in the crash which occurred about noon Friday in the 2500 block of South Navy Way, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported.

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Larry Voit’s Piper PA-32 plane smashed through a concrete barrier at the port before clipping an occupied big rig.

Margaret Stewart of the LAFD said bystanders pulled the pilot from the wreckage and provided CPR under the direction of a 911 dispatcher until paramedics arrived, but he died at the scene.

The survivor, a man about 30 years old, was rescued from the semi-tractor trailer and taken to a hospital, Stewart said.

Information on where the flight began or its intended destination was not available.

The aircraft, manufactured in 1973, appeared to be registered to a Huntington Beach resident.

Stewart said the crash occurred “in an isolated area of the Port of L.A. and port operations have not been impacted.”

The crash will be investigated by the Federal Aviation Authority and the National Transportation Safety Board, according to an FAA spokesman.

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