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Tuesday / March 5.

From Assemblymember Luz Rivas Desk – Safety Audit is Long Overdue at Whiteman Airport

There have been 13 airplane crashes near Pacoima’s Whiteman Airport in the last decade.

In November 2020, an airplane crashed just short of Whiteman Airport in a residential neighborhood in Pacoima killing the pilot and setting several cars ablaze. In January, a pilot barely escaped with their life after taking off from Whiteman Airport, and crashing on nearby railroad tracks in Pacoima. The plane was then destroyed by an oncoming Metrolink passenger train, which could have easily resulted in mass casualties. Just last month, another pilot lost their life in a crash just a few feet away from the busy I-210 Freeway in Sylmar.

Our community deserves to feel safe.

A safety audit is long overdue and I support U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas‘s request for a 30-day moratorium on non-emergency flights at Whiteman airport while a formal investigation is conducted by the FAA.

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