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2 dead in plane crash at Santa Monica Airport

January 28, 2009 |  5:52 pm

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