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Video by Juan Carlos Carmona
Amateur video submitted by Juan Carlos Carmona captures the tense moments after a small plane crashed into a palm tree in West Los Angeles.

News, Video, West Los Angeles, Santa Monica Airport, Plane Crash

Small Plane Crashes In West Los Angeles After Taking Off At Santa Monica Airport, Pilot Dies

A palm tree smolders after a small plane crashed into a residential area in West Los Angeles near Olympic and Westwood Blvd.
Photo by Roger Morante
A palm tree smolders after a small plane crashed into a residential area in West Los Angeles near Olympic and Westwood Blvd.
Police cars and firetrucks block the road along Mississippi Ave. and Westwood Blvd. in West Los Angeles after a small plane crashed in the neighborhood.
Photo by Roger Morante
Police cars and firetrucks block the road along Mississippi Ave. and Westwood Blvd. in West Los Angeles after a small plane crashed in the neighborhood.

Posted Aug. 10, 2012, 12:39 pm

Roger Morante / Sports Editor

Updated Saturday, Aug. 11 - 8:20 a.m.

A plane that took off from Santa Monica Airport crashed moments later in a residential neighborhood of West Los Angeles around 6 p.m. Friday evening, smoldering palm trees and snarling traffic just east of the 405 freeway near Olympic and Westwood Blvd along Mississippi Ave.

The Cessna 210, being flown by a lone pilot, hit a palm tree along the 2100 block of South Glendon Avenue and burst into flames.

Eyewitness Juan Carlos Carmona shot this video featured above following the crash.

"I was right next to my car talking to my wife and that's when I looked up at the sky and that's when the plane was loosing altitude," said Carmona. "He hit a palm first and then he went in and crashed right there on the corner."

According to Carmona, the plane was flying in from the north when it lost altitude and slammed into a palm tree before crashing.

"It looked like he was trying to land but he wasn't under control," said Carmona.

The pilot, whose name has not been made available, did not survive the crash.

The plane is believed to have been registered to a Santa Monica resident.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.

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Aug. 12, 2012, 2:32:21 am

Mara said...

A tragedy. Glad that there was not more deaths and damage as could have easily happened if the plane hit just a few blocks over. As I watched for the perseid meteor shower last night I saw about one small plane every 5 min flying over my home. How many planes per day flew when the SM airport was new?

Aug. 12, 2012, 2:59:57 am

KAREN JONES said...

Sad that someone had to die. Glad it wasn't more people in a house/houses below. Another reason why the Santa Monica Airport should be closed.

Aug. 11, 2012, 9:00:55 am

leslie said...

Close that noisy, pollution causing airport down. It has no business being in the middle of the city. I'm sure the money lobbying will keep it unfortunately. Glad I moved. Hated the noise.

Aug. 11, 2012, 10:54:22 pm

Robert Scovill said...

CESSNA 210 INDICATED DESIGN FLAW Why did the NTSB walk away from Safety Recommendation A-83-6 twenty five years ago? What happened to FAA Safety Recommendations 99.283 and 99.284 about undetectable water in Cessna aircraft fuel tanks? Why did the NTSB ignore my petition about UNDETECTABLE WATER in the fuel tanks of Cessna aircraft? http://www.sumpthis.com/ntsbpetition/ntsbpetitioncontents.htm Why does SAIB CE-10-40R1 not mention anything about positive detection of water in the fuel tanks of Cessna aircraft? How many more pilots and passengers have to die for the NTSB to do a real world test on a Cessna aircraft for positive detection of water in their fuel tanks? I would be happy to provide the drop of red food color and ten ounces of water. I will also provide the aircraft for your test! NTSB your poor "investigations" are killing pilots and passengers!

Aug. 11, 2012, 9:59:44 am

stewart said...

not a word of condolences from some one like Leslie who seeks to make a political hay at the expense of the loss of a pilots life, while saying nothing of the recent carnage in SM as drivers kill pedestrians in hit and runs?

Aug. 13, 2012, 1:53:30 am

Former Mar Vista Resident said...

Agree with Stewart. So tired of all these people complaining about the airport. Unless you bought your property before the airport was there, you should stop complaining, And if you are that unhappy with the airport -- move. Yea, the planes can be a pain sometimes, but I love the Santa Monica Airport and its rich history. As to the pilot, my condolences to his family. Very sad.

Aug. 13, 2012, 2:50:33 am

Celia said...

where is the video you mention in the article. there is no link. nada...

Aug. 13, 2012, 4:37:59 am

Flier said...

Just remember that the airport was there well before all the houses. SO when people move to a house by the airport I do not feel bad for them. Sorry to hear about the pilot, it is always sad to see something like this happen.

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