Feds to 'Look at Plane in Greater Detail'

A federal investigation surrounding Monday's plane crash is ongoing.

Federal officials will be at on Tuesday as part of an ongoing investigation into the plane crash that occurred in Santa Monica on Monday afternoon.

Members of the National Transportation Safety Board will be there to "listen to voice tapes, interview maintenance workers and speak with people at the flight school," senior NTSB official Wayne Pollack said, according to City News Service.

On Wednesday, the officials "will look at the plane in greater detail."

(Pollack has not returned Santa Monica Patch's request for comment.)

The federal officials will be trying to figure out what caused the crash, during which a student pilot and were injured. The single-engine Cessna crashed into a house near 21st and Navy streets at 2:29 p.m., shortly after taking off from SMO.

Late Monday, the wreckage was removed, and fuel was pumped out of the plane, according to reports.

The pilot suffered a compound leg fracture, and the worker suffered injuries to his hair and hand.

The student pilot was reportedly practicing takeoffs and landings. The pilot's name has not yet been released.

The plane "crashed just after takeoff [or a go-around] into a residential backyard under unknown circumstances," said Allen Kenitzer of the Federal Aviation Administration, according to CNS.

Representatives for the airport have not responded to Santa Monica Patch's request for comment.

More on Monday's plane crash:

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Greg Fry September 04, 2011 at 02:30 AM
If you are genuinely that green then you ought to be appalled by the tons of pollution spewed by these flying machines to transport such a few number of individuals, plus the extreme danger of doing so at an airport with a too-short runway surrounded by densely populated neighborhoods. If you want to start to reduce the carbon footprint then starting with private planes at SMO is a no brainer. Again: unlike truck and auto traffic, SMO is a redundant relic and all activities need to be moved to where they may take place more safely.
Gary Kavanagh September 04, 2011 at 04:59 PM
I never said I was for keeping air service, I agree it's mostly wasteful considering how much pollution and CO2 impact for how few people it serves. What I find frustrating is that an incident which could have killed people but didn't, in an aircraft, evokes far more outrage and call to action, than the frequent cases in which someone driving actually does kill people. Fatalities from driving is simply accepted in our culture as though it were inevitable, but it isn't. There are places in the world , dense populated urban areas, where if a bicyclist so much as scrapes their knee because a driver knocked them over, that is front page news because injury and death by automobile is so such a rarity thanks to better engineering, enforcement and education. That is no exaggeration either, I watched the media coverage for such a case in the Netherlands. The extreme danger in our lives is the automobile, and as someone under the age of 30, traffic collision is the number one cause of death by a large margin.
Greg Fry September 04, 2011 at 06:29 PM
In addition let's not forget the silent killer that pollutants represent. I couldn't agree more that ground traffic concerns absolutely need to be addressed as a major component. At least a few things are being accomplished in this regard--the Westside is finally to get upgraded mass transit service with the completion of the expo line hopefully no more than a few years hence, and hopefully someday the "subway to the sea" will be realized. We need more dedicated pathways for bicycles and alternative vehicles as well. All these involve complicated weighing of costs and benefits and a great deal of planning and money. Shutting down SMO and its dangers and pollutants does not, and would be a progressive first step towards the goal of a greener and safer environment.
Rob Nokes September 13, 2011 at 12:27 AM
All people motivated to get rid if the student pilots over our neighborhoods should come out and join local residents tonight. Some of you have issues with pollution, shares those comments as well. I personally hate the terrifying noise over my home when the "Kamikaze Student Pilots" start circling my home for hours. September 12th at 7PM at Joslyn Park Auditorium, 633 Kensington. We have a very comprehensive and inspiring presentation by Airport Commissioner David Goddard and Sunset Park Resident John Fairweather. This is a very crucial time in the city's decision making process regarding what the city will do with the airport in 2015. David will present a list of can and can't do's. John will give a power point presentation on his latest study.
Martin Rubin January 17, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Stay up-to-date on Santa Monica Airport (SMO) issues and community efforts to get rid of the jet pollution (both air and noise), get rid of leaded Aviation Gasoline, get rid of pattern flying at SMO, and eventually close SMO. Sign-up to be on the CONCERNED RESIDENTS AGAINST AIRPORT POLLUTION contact list at http://www.jetairpollution.com .


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