Monday, September 30, 2013

UPDATE: No Survivors In California Jet Crash, Originated in Idaho

Posted By on Mon, Sep 30, 2013 at 9:36 AM

UPDATE: 3 p.m. Sept. 30

An official with California-based Morley Construction said its company CEO, Mark Benjamin and his son were aboard the jet that crashed Sunday evening into a hangar after landing at the Santa Monica Municipal Airport. Luke Benjamin was a senior project manager at the firm.

A National Transportation Safety Board official said that officials didn't think there was a flight manifest and the plane could have held up to 10 people.

ORIGINAL POST: 9 a.m. Sept. 30

Emergency responders in Santa Monica, Calif., say they were no survivors of Sept. 29 nighttime crash of a private jet that had taken off from Hailey's Friedman Memorial Airport.

"This was an unsurvivable crash," Santa Monica Fire Dept. Captain John Nevandro told the media the night of Sept. 29, adding that the number of people aboard the jet was still undetermined. The jet was designed to hold eight passengers and two crew members.

The Associated Press reports that that the twin-enbgine Cessna Citation, originating in Hailey, landed at Santa Monica Municipal Airport at approximately 6:20 p.m., Pacific Time, but struck an airport hangar, triggering a huge fire. Eventually, the hangar collapsed in flames around the aircraft.

"It was a total loss,'' Fire Department spokeswoman Bridgett Lewis told the AP.

The jet, a Cessna 525A manufactured in 2003, is registered to a Malibu, Calif., address and its corporate owner, Creative Real Estate Exchange, is based in Birmingham, Ala., and Atlanta, according to FAA public records.

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