Santa Monica crash: Irvine woman identified as victim

Jet Crash

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Two cranes were set in position to lift the wrecked hangar buildings off the remains of a crashed jet plane before investigators tried to retrieve remains and the jet's cockpit voice recorder at the airport in Santa Monica on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. The county coroner has now identified a 28-year-old Irvine woman as one of the victims.

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A prop plane being carried away that was damaged after a small jet crashed at Santa Monica Airport. Santa Monica Airport Operations Administrator Stelios Makrides said the trucks contained the Cessna jet that crashed Sunday and a prop plane that was burned when the jet hit a storage hanger at the airport.

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Engines and wings are part of two loads of damaged aircraft hauled away from Santa Monica Airport Tuesday afternoon. Santa Monica Airport Operations Administrator Stelios Makrides said the trucks contained the Cessna jet that crashed Sunday and a prop plane that was burned when the jet hit a storage hanger at the airport.


One of the four victims of Sunday’s private jet crash at the Santa Monica Airport was identified as 28-year-old Lauren Winkler of Irvine, according to the county coroner's office.

Ed Winter, assistant chief at the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner’s Office, told KPCC that “other identities are still pending positive verification” and that there is no additional information at this time.

Earlier, a spokesperson for the National Transportation Safety Board said that the investigation into the crash would be stalled due to the government shutdown on Oct. 1.

Sunday’s incident occurred after a two-engine Cessna veered off the runway during landing and crashed into a hanger, killing all four people aboard. 

Other victims of the crash were believed to include Morley Builders CEO Mark John Benjamin and his son Luke, according to the company’s official release. 

Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that the National Transportation Safety Board was planning to release more details about the crash on Friday. However, the information underlying that statement was outdated, and the sentence has been removed.

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