No survivors after plane hits hangar at Santa Monica Airport

Posted at 10:51 PM, Sep 29, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-30 00:51:42-04
By David Simpson


(CNN) — A business jet crashed into a hangar at the Santa Monica Airport on Sunday. No one survived the crash and subsequent fire, but authorities did not immediately determine how many were on board.

The twin-engine Cessna Citation ran off the right side of the runway after landing at 6:20 p.m. Pacific Time, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor.

The hangar collapsed, and firefighters were unable to enter more than two hours after the crash, said Captain John Nevandro of the Santa Monica Fire Department.

“It was an unsurvivable crash,” Nevandro said.

Various models of the Citation jet carry from seven to nine passengers, according to the manufacturer’s website.

The plane departed from Hailey, Idaho, an area popular for vacation homes, CNN affiliate KCAL-TV reported.

CNN’s Dave Alsup and Janet DiGiacomo contributed to this report.

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