LOS ANGELES (AP) — Investigators were awaiting the arrival Monday of a crane at Santa Monica Municipal Airport where a private jet crashed into a hangar after landing, but they didn't expect to find any survivors.
The hangar collapsed in flames around the twin-engine Cessna Citation before the plane could be reached, meaning investigators have not been able to determine how many people were aboard. The aircraft is designed to hold eight passengers and two crew members.
FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said the plane had taken off from Hailey, Idaho, and landed in Santa Monica when it went off the right side of the runway at about 6:20 p.m. on Sunday and struck the hangar.
Santa Monica Airport is home to many private jets, many of them used by wealthy Southern Californians from the entertainment industry.
The airport in Hailey serves Idaho's Sun Valley resort area, which is a frequent destination for celebrities and the rich.