According to the FAA, a Cessna 525A Citation CJ2 veered off the right side of Runway 21 after landing at Santa Monica (Calif.) Airport at 6:20 p.m. PDT last night. The twinjet struck a hangar and was destroyed by fire. At press time, the FAA and NTSB did not “have information on the number of people aboard or their conditions,” though local news has reported that the sole-occupant pilot perished in the crash.
An FAA spokesman was not able to provide the tail number of the accident airplane but did confirm that the aircraft departed from Hailey, Idaho. Data from FlightAware indicates that N194SJ–a 2003 Cessna 525A, S/N 0194–took off from Hailey at 4:20 p.m. PDT and landed at Santa Monica at 6:20 p.m. PDT. Photos taken at the accident scene by local news stations show an aircraft tail marked with N-number N194SJ sitting outside a charred hangar. According to FAA records, that aircraft is registered to Creative Real Estate Exchange, a real-estate company based in Malibu.
“NTSB investigators should be on scene again this morning,” an NTSB spokesman told AIN. “If they are able to gain access they will begin the physical examination of the aircraft.”
The airport is closed until further notice.