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2 dead in plane crash at Santa Monica Airport

Two people died when a single-engine plane crashed on the runway of Santa Monica Municipal Airport, officials said.

The crash occurred about 5:05 p.m. just after the two-seater took off, said Lt. Ken Semko of the Santa Monica Police Department. The plane appeared to lose power and crash on the west end of the runway, bursting into flames, he said.

No one on the ground was injured.

The victims were not immediately identified.

-- Sam Quinones

 
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Photo does not seem to show a single-engine plane. The plane in the photo looks much larger than a two-seater.

You have the wrong picture of the plane. You're showing the crashed FedEx plane from Texas, not the one at Santa Monica.

Why do U write 'a single-engine plane' when in the enclosed photo, it shows an engine on the port/left wing and of course no right wing to show the number two engine, because of the damage ? Also the plane looks larger than a 2-seater......LA Times be more accurate....

The airplane was a red Marquetti.

The plane was piloted by Paulo Emanuele. He was an executive with Demand Media, and was the General Manager of the famous aviation website www.airliners.net.

See the site's version of events here:

http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/general_aviation/read.main/4298898/


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