The crash of a jetliner into a mountain in southern California on Saturday night, killing five people and injuring more than a dozen others, has raised concerns about aviation safety.
The plane, a Boeing 737-800, was traveling from Los Angeles to Phoenix when it crashed about 200 yards (yards) above the mountainside, according to local media reports.
The pilot was not wearing a seatbelt and there was no immediate information on the conditions of the passengers.
The cause of the crash was under investigation.
A number of people were taken to hospitals with injuries ranging from broken bones to smoke inhalation, local news station KABC reported.
A local newspaper reported that the passengers had taken to social media to express their grief, and to demand the airline immediately release the passengers’ names and flight records.
The National Transportation Safety Board said it was looking into the crash.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) also was investigating.
A statement from the agency said the pilot was instructed to land at the airport and to avoid the mountains, but he did not comply.
“Based on the initial information, NTSB investigators are continuing to assess the circumstances surrounding this incident,” the agency statement said.
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