A Santa Monica plane crash claimed the life of at least on victim when a twin-engine Cessna Citation struck a hangar at Santa Monica Airport Sunday night. A huge cloud of smoke dominated the scene and the hangar collapsed NBC Los Angeles reports Sept. 30.
The Santa Monica plane crash happened at about 6:20 p.m. when it ran off of the right edge of the airport's runway and hit a hanger, FAA spokesman, Ian Gregor, said.
The aircraft departed from Hailey, Idaho. Santa Monica Fire Department Capt. John Nevandro described the plane crash as "unsurvivable." He didn't know how many people were on-board the plane. He did say that the building collapsed and "wrapped itself around the plane." Flames completely engulfed the wreckage by the time firefighters arrived at the scene.
One witness described the Santa Monica plane crash scene.
"There were these little flames, like it could have been put out with a fire extinguisher," Rachel Pollack, said. "Then, all of the sudden, there was an explosion. There was another explosion, and it just got bigger and bigger."
Several residents said if the plane hadn't crashed into the hangar, it likely would have struck homes in the area.
On Monday crews will clean up wreckage from the plane crash and an investigation will begin on what caused the plane to strike a hangar at the Santa Monica Airport.