2 killed when small plane crashes at Santa Monica Airport

September 9, 2022 GMT
In this image taken from video, firefighters respond to a small plane crash in Santa Monica, Calif. on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022. Authorities say two people were killed when a single-engine airplane crashed and caught fire at Southern California's Santa Monica Airport. (KABC-7 via AP)
In this image taken from video, firefighters respond to a small plane crash in Santa Monica, Calif. on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022. Authorities say two people were killed when a single-engine airplane crashed and caught fire at Southern California's Santa Monica Airport. (KABC-7 via AP)
In this image taken from video, firefighters respond to a small plane crash in Santa Monica, Calif. on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022. Authorities say two people were killed when a single-engine airplane crashed and caught fire at Southern California's Santa Monica Airport. (KABC-7 via AP)
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In this image taken from video, firefighters respond to a small plane crash in Santa Monica, Calif. on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022. Authorities say two people were killed when a single-engine airplane crashed and caught fire at Southern California's Santa Monica Airport. (KABC-7 via AP)
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In this image taken from video, firefighters respond to a small plane crash in Santa Monica, Calif. on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022. Authorities say two people were killed when a single-engine airplane crashed and caught fire at Southern California's Santa Monica Airport. (KABC-7 via AP)

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Two people were killed when a single-engine airplane crashed and caught fire Thursday at Southern California’s Santa Monica Airport, authorities said.

The crash happened on the runway shortly before 5 p.m., according to Sgt. Adam Gwartz with the Santa Monica Police Department.

“There was a fire,” Gwartz said. “The plane did not hit any structures.”

TV news footage showed the charred wreckage of an aircraft on the tarmac with multiple fire trucks at the scene.

There were two people aboard and both were killed, the Santa Monica Fire Department said on Twitter.

The plane was a Piper Sport, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.

The airport’s single runway sits amid residential neighborhoods in the city of more than 90,000 on the Pacific Ocean. City leaders and many residents advocate closing the airport, citing noise and safety concerns.