Plane crash-lands on Glendale street; 2 onboard unharmed

GLENDALE, Calif. (KABC) -- A plane crash-landed onto a street in Glendale Friday night, and the pilot and passenger escaped unharmed.

Authorities reported the crash shortly before 10 p.m. near Allen Avenue and Glenoaks Boulevard. A fixed-wing, single-engine Mooney M20E airplane had crashed on the street near a tree.

The pilot and passenger were University of Redlands students and fraternity brothers. They were headed back to Burbank when they said there was a problem with their engine.

The passenger, Alan Kassis, said the pilot started looking for a place to land as he made an emergency landing call to Burbank Airport.

"We were flying into Burbank, lost power to one of the engines for some reason, called in a mayday and just glided, tried to find somewhere safe to put us down. He basically parallel parked the friggen plane," he said. "We're lucky to be alive. I thought I was going to die. I thought it was going to be fiery, but we're OK. No injuries. We're a little banged up."

The plane clipped a tree and hit several cars parked along the roadway. No one on the busy stretch of road was injured during the crash.

The investigation was ongoing.
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