Authorities investigate deadly small plane crash near Los Angeles
U.S. authorities began on Thursday an investigation into what caused a two-seater airplane to crash on an airport runway near Los Angeles shortly after takeoff and burst into flames, killing two people aboard.
The crash occurred about 5:05 p.m. Wednesday when the single- engine plane crashed on the west end of the runway at the Santa Monica Airport and caught fire, according to Ian Gregor, spokesman of the Federal Aviation Administration.
Local police said that flames fully engulfed the aircraft, and the airport was closed for takeoffs and landings to accommodate the ongoing investigation, Xinhua reported.
Witnesses said that the aircraft, a red Italian-made Marchetti SF-260 registered to Malibu-based Wingspan Inc., appeared to be in trouble just hundreds of feet in the air.
The Federal Aviation Administration is handling the investigation.