This morning, the L.A. Times cuts the mile to about 1/6 of its traditional length:
Five people were injured, four critically, Saturday afternoon when a twin-engine aircraft crashed nose first into a Compton house and sliced into the one next door with one of its wings, authorities said.
The Cessna 310 crashed just before 4 p.m. in the 500 block of West Cypress Street, said Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration. The craft came to rest with its tail sticking almost directly upward from the middle of one of the houses in a neighborhood of spacious, modern homes.
The plane, which was registered in Nevada, was heading from San Diego to Hawthorne Municipal Airport, Gregor said. It was about a mile and a half away from Compton/Woodley Airport, a general aviation field, but he said it was unclear whether the pilot was trying to make an emergency landing.
Unless the mile has become considerably shorter than the 5,280 foot mile we had when I was growing up, the paper is way off. Because when I plug 500 W. Cypress St. into Mapquest, it looks to me like it’s maybe 1200 feet — less than a quarter of a mile — away from the airport:
The LAist blog puts the crash at about a quarter-mile away. That sounds more like it. But then, they looked it up, like I did.
By the way, I looked up the address on Mapquest only because I drive by that airport every day on the way home from work. This just reinforces Patterico’s First Law of Big Media Stories: if you have personal familiarity with any aspect of a story that appears in Big Media, you will find an inaccuracy in that story.