Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Plane crashes into home near Santa Monica Airport - 29th Aug 2011

A small airplane crashed into an unoccupied home in the Sunset Park neighborhood Monday afternoon, injuring the pilot and a painter who was working on the house at the time of the accident.

Osbaldo Audatat was one of four men painting the home located on the 3100 block of 21st Street when the plane struck at approximately 2:45 p.m.

The men turned when they heard a noise, and saw a plane coming straight for them, clipping the tree in front of a nearby house before crashing.

They jumped out of the way, and the plane crashed just where they'd been standing, Audatat said.
"We were very lucky," he said.

The plane then hit a cinderblock wall in the back of the house, which took most of the impact, authorities said.

A fourth man, whose first name is Luis, was in the back of the house at the time of the incident. He sustained minor injuries, possibly from being hit by debris that resulted from the impact, said Capt. Judah Mitchell of the Santa Monica Fire Department.

The crash caused a small fire. One of the painters grabbed a garden hose and put out the flames, and they helped the pilot out of the plane.

The pilot suffered moderate injuries, possibly a broken ankle or leg, according to Santa Monica Airport Director Robert Trimborn.

Both the pilot, who has not been identified, and the injured painter were taken to local hospitals. The painter went to Saint John's Medical Center. It's currently unclear where the pilot was taken. Source