Had the CJ2 hit anything but the hangars he would have run into houses - accident occurred around 630pm on Sunday night !!
Accident site is the last hangars; click here.
Unconfirmed how many on board but believed to be just 1 person. The person who owns the jet - lives in Malibu and owns a real estate company.
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Hit one of these two poles.
Debris on runway prior to colliding with hangar; witness reports a wing hit a pole and spun the aircraft into the hangar.
Possible 4 persons on board - however hangar collapsed on the jet and has to be removed before they can check for victims.
Landed runway 21, left runway by last white rectangle box painted on the right side of runway, and struck the last hangars you can see on the right.
http://www.avweb.com/avwebflash/news/Ci ... 653-1.html
NTSB has stated they know the touch down point but aren't releasing it at this time. As they commented on approach there were no problems reported by the pilot, I'd assume they would have stated the same had the Cj2 touched down without any concerns.
The distance from hitting the sign post, to striking the hangar is about the same distance as the end of the runway - and they slammed into the hangar, leading me to believe they would have gone off the end, or incredibly close if they didn't.
The end of the runway is I believe a 60 foot drop and nothing but houses - the Cj2 was based at Santa Monica and the pilot has been flying out of there for years - so he knows the end of the runway.
They hit the 2nd last hangar, if they'd just missed it, most likely this would be a different outcome.
Officially they have recovered 4 bodies, unofficially they are the owner, his son, his sons girlfriend, and a female employee along with the family Golden Retriever. (NTSB site states 5 fatalities?)
I did hear witnesses state about a tire popping!, with too much speed, the lift dump wouldn't engage, meaning no thrust attentuators, heavy braking could explain a blown tire, and I hear once the brakes on a Cj heat up - they don't work so well.
There is a CVR, so that should help clear up a lot, they landed just as the sun was setting - so they would have had the full glare of the California sun directly in their faces which wouldn't help.
There was also several pilot witnesses - so eventually it'll all be explained - sadly it's the 4 Citation to run off a California runway in recent years, 3 with fatalities - all with owner/pilots.
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, September 29, 2013 in Santa Monica, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 525A, registration: N194SJ
Injuries: 4 Fatal.
This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
On September 29, 2013, at 1820 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 525A Citation, N194SJ, veered off the right side of runway 21 and collided with a hangar at the Santa Monica Municipal Airport, Santa Monica, California. The private pilot and three passengers were fatally injured, and the airplane was destroyed by a post-crash fire. The airplane was registered to CREX-MML LLC, and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 91 flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated on an instrument flight rules flight plan. The flight originated at Hailey, Idaho, about 1614.
Witnesses reported observing the airplane make a normal approach and landing. The airplane traveled down the right side of the runway, eventually veered off the runway, impacted the 1,000-foot runway distance remaining sign, continued to travel in a right-hand turn, and impacted a hangar structural post with the right wing. The airplane came to rest inside the hangar and the damage to the hangar structure caused the roof to collapse onto the airplane. A post-accident fire quickly ensued.
On-scene examination of the wreckage and runway revealed that there was no airplane debris on the runway. The three landing gear tires were inflated and exhibited no unusual wear patterns. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) control tower local controller reported that the pilot did not express over the radio any problems prior to or during the landing.
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