Santa Monica Plane Crashes into House, Raises Questions

by nph | August 31st, 2011

A Cessna 172 crashed into Santa Monica's Sunset Park neighborhood on Monday, August 29

A Cessna 172 crashed into Santa Monica's Sunset Park neighborhood on Monday, August 29

August 31, 2011

A plane crashed into an unoccupied house in Santa Monica, California, on Monday, August 29. Though no one was killed in the crash, Surf Santa Monica reports that some residents are questioning why the number of accidents associated with the Santa Monica Airport is so high.

“There have been about 90 accidents associated with Santa Monica Airport since 1962,” said Zina Josephs, who is president of Friends of Sunset Park, the neighborhood that the plane crashed into. “Thank goodness no one was killed this time, and thank goodness it was a small plane that went down and not one of the large executive jets that land and take off at SMO.”

The accident on Monday occurred when a Cessna 172 that was being flown by a student pilot crashed into a Sunset Park house about a quarter mile from the runway. The pilot had been reportedly trying to recover from a landing that had gone awry.

The pilot was taken to a hospital with a broken leg and had to undergo surgery Monday night, according to the Associated Press.

National Transportation Safety Board authorities are listening to audio tapes and reviewing maintenance records to try to determine the cause of the crash.

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Photo courtesy of The Associated Press