SANTA MONICA, Calif. – A flight instructor and student were killed Thursday in an introductory flight when a small single-engine airplane crashed at Santa Monica Airport.
According to KCAL 9, the instructor worked at the Santa Monica-based flight school Santa Monica Flyers.
Firefighters and paramedics were called just before 4:30 p.m. to the airport on reports of the crash and found the aircraft down on the tarmac, according to the Santa Monica Fire Department.
“The aircraft was inbound to the airport when it touched down, and made an abrupt upward maneuver before crashing,” the department said in a statement.
Paramedics pronounced both of the victims dead at the scene. Their names were not immediately released pending notification of relatives.
National Transportation Safety Board officials later confirmed the people aboard the single-engine, two-seat Piper Sport plane were a student and a flight instructor.
The cause of the crash was under investigation.
Information related to the investigation will be made available at www.ntsb.gov.