Four Bodies Removed From Santa Monica Plane Crash


By Paul Johnson

Santa Monica, California (CNN) - Four bodies were removed Tuesday morning from a plane that crashed Sunday at Santa Monica Airport, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

The four victims were not identified. However, a Southland construction company on Monday issued a statement indicating that it’s CEO and his adult son may have been on the plane.

“We are aware of a plane crash at Santa Monica Airports last night. While we do not have specific facts, we believe that our President and CEO, Mark Benjamin, and his son, Luke Benjamin, a Senior Project Engineer with us were on board,” read the statement issued by Charles Muttillo, vice president of Morley Construction.
Mark Benjamin was 63. His son, Luke, was 28.

It was not immediately known if additional bodies were still in the wreckage of the plane, which reportedly seated eight.

The Cessna Citation, which had departed from Hailey, Idaho, went off the right side of a runway and struck a hangar at 6:20 p.m. Sunday, according to Ian Gregor, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman. The hangar then collapsed.

Santa Monica firefighters responded to the crash site and extinguished a fire that sent plumes of black smoke into the air.
Fire personnel not immediately able to access the wreckage due to the collapse of the hangar, authorities said.

NTSB investigators arrived shortly after the crash, but said the building was too unstable to enter.

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