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Video by Juan Carlos Carmona
Amateur video submitted by Juan Carlos Carmona captures the tense moments after a small plane crashed into a palm tree in West Los Angeles.

News, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

Authorities Identify Pilot Who Fatally Crashed Friday After Taking Off At SMO

Police cars and firetrucks block the road along Mississippi Ave. and Westwood Blvd. in West Los Angeles after a small plane crashed in the neighborhood.
Photo by Roger Morante
Police cars and firetrucks block the road along Mississippi Ave. and Westwood Blvd. in West Los Angeles after a small plane crashed in the neighborhood.
Lawyer Sean M. McMillan died Friday after crashing his Cessna 210 in West LA.
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Lawyer Sean M. McMillan died Friday after crashing his Cessna 210 in West LA.

Posted Aug. 12, 2012, 4:34 am

Mirror Staff

The pilot who fatally crashed Friday night after taking off from Santa Monica Airport has been identified as 70-year-old Sean M. McMillan, an attorney at a large Century City law firm, according to according to Ian Gregor, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

McMillan, who was the lone pilot in the single-engine Cessna 210, declared an emergency for unknown reasons shortly before crashing at 6:10 p.m. in the 2100 block of S. Glendon Avenue in West LA – about three miles from the airport. There were no passengers in the plane.

Eyewitness Juan Carlos Carmona shot this video featured above following the crash.

"I was right next to my car talking to my wife and that's when I looked up at the sky and that's when the plane was loosing altitude," Carmona told The Mirror. "He hit a palm first and then he went in and crashed right there on the corner."

According to Carmona, the plane was flying in from the north when it lost altitude and slammed into a palm tree before crashing.

"It looked like he was trying to land but he wasn't under control," said Carmona.

It is being reported that McMillan was a veteran pilot who for about 20 years had volunteered his time and use of his plane to take ill children to hospitals on behalf of the nonprofit Angel Flight.

McMillan was educated in Germany before attending USC and Harvard Law School.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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Aug. 12, 2012, 8:50:46 pm

stewart said...

yet another pilot that guided his ill fated craft in without causing injury or loss of life to others on the ground.

Aug. 14, 2012, 1:02:18 am

Ciara said...

Any news of the people on board?

Aug. 14, 2012, 5:57:08 am

Brenton Garen - Editor-In-Chief said...

There were no passengers in the Cessna 210 - just the pilot.

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