Business Jet Crashes at Santa Monica Airport in California, Killing All Aboard
A small jet hurtled into a hangar at Santa Monica Airport Sunday evening, bursting into flames and killing all those on board.
The business jet, a twin-engine Cessna Citation, took off from Idaho and, just after it landed in Santa Monica, California, at roughly 6:20 pm, ran off the side of the runway (Pacific Time), striking the hangar.
"The building actually collapsed and wrapped itself around the plane," said the Santa Monica Fire Department Captain.
Because the hangar collapsed and was immediately engulfed in flames, investigators have so far been unable to determine how many people were on the board the plane — but the jet type is designed to hold six to eight passengers and two crew members, officials have said. Footage from the scene shows the whole plane, barring the tail, covered in the wreckage.
"This was an unsurvivable crash," added the Fire Department Captain.
The Fire Department dispatched six fire engines and four ambulances, but none of the victims were reportedly taken to a hospital.
Another small plane crashed in upstate New York on Sunday, killing an off-duty New York State Police trooper. The single-engine jet apparently went down in the Adirondack Mountains, near Great Sacandaga Lakeabout, but the cause remains unclear.