Flight Instructor And Student Both Die In Fatal Plane Crash At Airport


Flight instructor, student killed in small-plane crash at Santa Monica Airport – KABC-TV

A single-engine aircraft operated by a local flight school crashed on the Santa Monica airport runway and caught fire. Both people onboard died in the crash, authorities said.

The single-engine Piper Sport aircraft crashed in the infield after making an abrupt upward maneuver, killing all on board.

The flight instructor and his student were killed in the crash at Santa Monica Airport Thursday afternoon. Firefighters extinguished the flames within minutes, and footage from the scene showed the burned wreckage of the aircraft on the tarmac. Santa Monica Fire Department confirmed that they had been called to the scene of the crash at around 4:40 p.m.

The Federal Aviation Administration identified the aircraft as a two-seat, single-engine Piper Sport plane. The NTSB confirmed the victims as an instructor and a student, and said witnesses and surveillance video saw the plane’s final moments in the air.


The National Transportation Safety Board said the plane “pitched aggressively nose up” as it was preparing to land, and then fell nearly 100 feet to the ground. This is what caused the fatal accident that cost the life of both on board.

The FAA said it would investigate the accident along with the NTSB and release the aircraft registration number after they verified it.

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  1. Flight instructor, student killed in small-plane crash at Santa Monica Airport  KABC-TV
  2. Flight instructor, student killed during plane crash at Santa Monica Airport  CBS Los Angeles
  3. Plane crashes at Santa Monica Airport  FOX 11 Los Angeles
  4. 2 killed in plane crash at Santa Monica Airport  KTLA Los Angeles
  5. Two dead after plane crashes at Santa Monica Airport  CBS Los Angeles
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