September 8, 2022 10:29 PM
SANTA MONICA, Calif. – On Thursday September 8th, 2022 at 4:25 p.m. the Santa Monica Fire Department responded to an aircraft accident at the Santa Monica Airport. Upon arrival, Firefighters encountered a single engine aircraft that crashed in the infield and was engulfed in flames. Aircraft Rescue Firefighters arrived in 1 minute 39 seconds and suppressed the flames within minutes. The aircraft was inbound to the airport when it touched down, made an abrupt upward maneuver before crashing in the infield. There were two souls on board and unfortunately both perished in the accident.
The aircraft was a Piper Sport two-seat single engine aircraft, operated by a local flight school. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is leading the investigation. More information related to the investigation will be made available at www.ntsb.gov.
Firefighters were assisted by the Santa Monica Police, Santa Monica Airport Operations, and NTSB. There were no impacts to Santa Monica neighborhoods. Santa Monica Airport will remain closed while the investigation continues, with anticipated reopening Friday, September 9th.