Valerie Vanderwest (via Twitter @valerierv)
A dark plume of smoke cigarettes rises from Santa Monica Airport after a small jet crashed in to a hangar during an attempted landing, according to FAA officials.
A Southern California construction company’s CEO and his child were aboard a plane that burned Sunday in what authorities described as an “unsurvivable” crash at Santa claus Monica Airport, according to a declaration from the firm.
The statement from Morely Builders identified two people aboard the small plane as CEO Mark Benjamin and his son, Luke Benjamin, the senior project engineer with the Santa claus Monica-based company.
“We are aware of a plane crash at Santa Monica Airport last night, ” according to the statement. “While we do not have specific facts, all of us believe that our President and CEO, Mark Benjamin, and his son, Lomaz Benjamin, a Senior Project Professional with us, were on board. ”
The Morley Construction statement did not indicated regardless of whether there were other occupants in the twin-engine Cessna Citation. The coroner’s office has not identified the victims and authorities have not determined how many people were aboard the plane.
The plane crashed at the airport, located in a densely populated community about two miles from the Pacific Ocean, at about 6: 20 p. m. Sunday. The plane, which departed from Hailey, Idaho, slammed in to a metal storage hangar, which then collapsed around the burning wreckage.
Crews planned to utilize a crane Monday to lift the top of the hangar, allowing investigators to get into the plane. A National Transportation Safety Board member official said deck hands are still in “recovery mode. ”
The airport runway remained closed Mon morning.