Coroner IDs 4th victim of Santa Monica Airport jet crash

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This is one of two truckloads of damaged aircraft and parts that were hauled away from Santa Monica Airport Tuesday. Santa Monica Airport Operations Administrator Stelios Makrides said the trucks contained the Cessna jet that crashed last Sunday and a prop plane that was burned when the jet hit a storage hanger at the airport.

Authorities have identified the remains of the fourth person pulled from the charred wreckage of a private jet that crashed into a hangar after landing at Santa Monica Airport last weekend.

Los Angeles County coroner's investigator Dana Bee said Sunday that 28-year-old Lucas Benjamin of Malibu was killed when the twin-engine Cessna crashed Sept. 29 as it arrived from Hailey, Idaho.

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Also killed in the fiery crash were Lucas Benjamin's 63-year-old father, Mark Benjamin, along with 28-year-old Laura Winkler and 53-year-old Kyla Dupont.

The elder Benjamin, president of Santa Monica-based Morley Builders, is believed to have been at the controls.

The cause of the crash was being probed by the National Transportation Safety Board, but federal safety investigators curtailed their work due to the partial government shutdown.

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