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Pilot suffers broken leg in crash into Santa Monica home

August 29, 2011 |  4:38 pm

A pilot suffered a broke leg, and a painter on the ground was hit by flying debris when a single-engine Cessna taking off from Santa Monica Airport crashed into a home Monday afternoon.

The aircraft went down about 2:30 p.m. into a home at 21st Street and Navy.

Lauralee Ash, a Santa Monica police spokeswoman, said the pilot suffered a broken leg in the crash shortly after takeoff from the Santa Monica Airport. Ash said a painter working on the home was also hit by flying debris from the Cessna. A second painter also suffered the effects of aircraft fuel inhalation and was treated at the scene.

Ash said the painting crew pulled the pilot from the wreckage.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the crash.


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Photo: The tail section of a small plane is visible near a home in Santa Monica. Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times