UPDATE: Crash at Santa Monica Kills Four, Coroner Says

  • Sep 29, 2013 8:09pm GMT

UPDATE: 8:45am PDT October 1

The Los Angeles County Coroner's Office has reported that 4 people were killed in the crash of a Cessna Citation CJ2 at Santa Monica Airport.

Charles Muttillo, vice president of Morley Builders of Santa Monica, issued a statement Monday saying the company's president and CEO and his son were believed to be on the plane.

"We are aware of a plane crash at Santa Monica Airport 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," the statement read.

UPDATE: 11:40pm PDT

CNN is reporting that no survivors escaped the wreckage and the number of persons onboard the jet is unknown at this time.

In addition, ATA has learned that credible, aviation experienced witnesses at the Santa Monica Airport have indicated that aircraft components were visible on the runway following the landing and subsequent crash of the Citation jet. This debris will be collected and examined as part of the NTSB investigation.


A Cessna Citation CJ2 with the tail number N194SJ, registered to a corporation out of Malibu, crashed at Santa Monica Airport Sunday night.

FAA spokesman Ian Gregor reported that the plane veered off the runway after landing from Hailey, Idaho, and crashed into a hangar, virtually destroying it.

Emergency crews responded to the scene, but there have been no reports on injuries or fatalities or how many people were on-board.

Photos courtesy casmat.org and Matt Boehm