Flight instructor, student killed in light plane crash at Santa Monica airport

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (KABC) — A flight instructor and a student were killed when a light plane crashed at Santa Monica Airport on Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

The Santa Monica Fire Department arrived on the scene at around 4:25 p.m. and firefighters saw the plane burst into flames after the crash.

“The aircraft was on its way to the airport when it touched down, made an abrupt upward maneuver before crashing in the infield,” the fire department said in a press release.

Firefighters extinguished the flames within minutes. Footage from the scene showed the plane’s burned wreckage on the tarmac.

The Federal Aviation Administration identified the plane as a two-seat, single-engine Piper Sport airplane, and the Santa Monica Fire Department said the plane was operated by a flight school.

National Transportation Safety Board officials later confirmed that the victims killed were an instructor and a student.

They were pronounced dead at the scene. Their names were not immediately released.

According to the NTSB, witnesses and surveillance video saw the plane’s final moments in the air.

The Santa Monica Fire Department said surrounding neighborhoods were unaffected by the crash.

The NTSB is responsible for investigating the crash.

The airport was closed for the investigation but is expected to reopen on Friday.

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