Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – A private plane crashed into a hangar and burst into flame while landing at Santa Monica airport on Sunday evening, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
The 6:20 p.m. crash of the twin-engine Cessna Citation 525A coming from Hailey, Idaho is believed to have killed Morley Builders’ CEO Mark Benjamin and his engineer son, Luke, according to a statement from the Southern California building company.
Firefighters were unable to immediately search the crash site because of the intense heat from the burning hangar. The hangar collapsed and the fire also damaged two adjacent buildings.
Fire officials said the plane veered off the right side of the runway before slamming into the storage hangar, which was just 150 feet away from residences.
David Goddard, chairman of the Santa Monica Airport Commission, said the plane could have crashed into homes off the runaway if it did not hit the hangar.
National Transportation Security Board investigators arrived at the site to determine the cause of the accident.