Santa Monica Plane Crash: Aircraft Registered to Malibu Owner

Santa Monica Plane Crash

A plane that was destroyed in a fiery runway crash at the Santa Monica Airport on Sunday evening was registered to a Malibu company, public records show.

The crash happened around 6:20 p.m. when the plane collided with a hangar after veering to the right during its landing on the runway. Officials said everyone aboard was likely killed, though FAA investigators were not immediately able to assess the crash site.

The 2003 two-engine Cessna seats eight people and is registered to Crex-Mml LLC, a company with an address on Morning View Drive and owned by Mark Benjamin. Benjamin is a registered private pilot, records show, but it is not known if he was onboard the plane.

The plane took off from Hailey, Idaho at 5:15 p.m.

Benjamin has ties to Idaho, as he is listed as a board of directors member with the Idaho Conservation League.

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