SANTA MONICA, California (Oct. 1, 2013) — At least three people are presumed dead Sunday night after the driver of a small plane crash landed at the Santa Monica Municipal Airport, according to a Reuters news report.
Witnesses say the twin-engine Cessna Citation 525A was in the process of landing when it crashed into a hangar and became engulfed in flames, the report said. All those aboard the aircraft were presumed killed, but no one on the ground was reportedly injured or killed in the crash.
The victims, who are not yet identified, were reportedly returning home from Idaho’s Sun Valley resort area. Initial reports indicated that Mark Benjamin, 63, was the pilot of the aircraft, but this has yet to be confirmed. Also, his son Luke Benjamin and his girlfriend were reportedly aboard the fatal flight.
The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the cause of the crash.
“This is certainly a tragedy for this family,” said Attorney West Seegmiller. “My condolences go out to those who knew them as they cope with such a tremendous loss and attempt to piece together how this happened.”
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