- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say the pilot killed when a small plane crashed into a building near a Los Angeles general aviation airport was a 78-year-old Malibu man.

A coroner’s spokesman tells City News Service on Thursday that Arthur Newman died at the scene two blocks from Van Nuys Airport.

The single-engine Arion Lightning slammed into the building and disintegrated Tuesday. Nobody on the ground was hurt.

Newman was the only occupant of the plane. An autopsy is planned.

Authorities said the pilot was practicing touch-and-go landings at the airport and made a hard landing before taking off again.

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