A pilot was killed when his plane crashed after take off on Monday afternoon at Porterville Municipal Airport.

The pilot was the only one on the plane. The Federal Aviation Administration stated the single-engine Vans RV-6A crashed at about 2:20 p.m. right after take off. It was a private plane.

Flames could be seen from the wreckage of the crew. Firefighters were on scene to extinguish the flames. A Station 73 Porterville Fire Truck was among those reporting to the scene.

The FAA added the pilot was trying to return to the airport when the crash happened. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a crash.

The airport was shut down at least through early this morning.

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