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One killed after vintage military plane crashes in Los Angeles mountains

N595JF 1969 Nanchang CJ-6A C/N 2532051 at Las Vegas - Nellis AFB (LSV / KLSV) Aviation Nation 2014 Air Show USA - Nevada, November 8, 2014. (Tomás Del Coro/Flickr)

A pilot was found dead Saturday after he crashed a vintage military airplane into the Santa Susana Mountains in California.

The unidentified man was inside the plane when the Los Angeles Fire Department reached the wreckage, officials said in a statement.

The plane, a 1979 Nanchang CJ-6A single engine aircraft, crashed about two miles north of Porter Ranch, was found by an LAFD rescue helicopter, from which a paramedic was lowered in hopes of helping the man.

The aircraft was originally a Chinese-built plane, but had a replica U.S. military insignia painted on. According to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, the plane can fly up to 190 mph.

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The National Transportation Safety Board has launched a formal investigation into the incident.

The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner is still identifying the dead pilot and a cause of death. A spokesperson for the department did not immediately return a request for comment.

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