October 30, 2020 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Santa Monica Airport Fatal Crash Lawsuit Claims Hangar To Close To Runway:

The three sons of a passenger killed in a plane crash at Santa Monica Airport last year are suing the county, as well as the cities of Santa Monica and Los Angeles, alleging a hangar into which the aircraft collided was built too close to the runway.

Charles, Elliot and Jackson Dupont brought the complaint in Los Angeles Superior Court, seeking unspecified compensatory damages in the death of 53-year-old Kyla Dupont, who died along with three other people aboard the aircraft on Sept. 29, 2013.

The suit alleges all three government entities share in the control and operation of Santa Monica Airport.

A representative for the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office could could not be immediately reached.

Killed along with Dupont were the 63-year-old pilot, Mark Benjamin, who was the president of a Santa Monica-based construction company; his son Lucas, 28; and the younger Benjamin’s girlfriend, 28-year-old Lauren Winkler.

After the place crashed into the hangar, the structure’s roof collapsed onto the aircraft and a fire started, according to the suit, which alleges that the proximity of the hangar to the runway created a foreseeable risk of the kind of accident that occurred.

Last November, the Dupont sons sued Benjamin’s estate, alleging he failed to maintain proper control over the plane, did not act “reasonably in the ownership of the plane,” did not undertake the necessary actions to accomplish a safe flight, did not act reasonably in landing the plane and failed to keep it in good repair.

A report from the National Transportation Safety Board found that all of the tires were inflated and there was no debris on the runway when the Cessna 525A Citation slammed into the hangar around 6:20 p.m. upon arrival from Hailey, Idaho.

in News
Related Posts

Letter from Interim Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks

October 29, 2020

October 29, 2020

By Jacqueline Seabrooks I am honored and humbled to be asked to return home to the City of Santa Monica...

Santa Monica Scores Two Legal Victories in Effort to Close Airport

October 29, 2020

October 29, 2020

Federal courts dismisses challenges to airport closure By Sam Catanzaro Santa Monica recently scored two legal victories in city officials’...

SMPD Stops Teenager Suicide Attempt Near Palisades Park: Santa Monica Beat – October, 29, 2020

October 29, 2020

October 29, 2020

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * SMPD Stops Teenager Suicide Attempt Near Palisades Park * 18 Arrested...

Edify TV: Have You Tried These Westside Donut Spots?

October 29, 2020

October 29, 2020

National Donut Day is Thursday, November 5th. Have you tried these doughy delights across the Westside of Los Angeles? Video...

Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s Across Santa Monica Raises $96,000

October 27, 2020

October 27, 2020

Santa Monica and Westside residents walked throughout the city’s neighborhoods, parks and trails, waving flags and sporting purple outfits to...

Edify TV: Halloween Amid COVID-19

October 27, 2020

October 27, 2020

With LA County health officials prohibiting many Halloween activities and discouraging trick or treating, costume stores like Ursula’s Costumes in...

Owner Says Missing French Bulldog Seen With Homeless Man Throughout Santa Monica

October 26, 2020

October 26, 2020

Social media effort to find missing French Bulldog ‘Melo’ By Sam Catanzaro The owners of a missing French Bulldog say...

Courts Dismiss Challengers To Santa Monica Airport Closure: Santa Monica Beat – October, 26, 2020

October 26, 2020

October 26, 2020

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Courts Dismiss Challengers To Santa Monica Airport Closure * Early Voter...

Edify TV: Historic Venice Church Damaged in Fire

October 26, 2020

October 26, 2020

A 100 year old church in Venice recently caught fire and some think arson was responsible. Learn more in this...

Santa Monica Police to Increase Presence Ahead of Election

October 26, 2020

October 26, 2020

Elevated police presence to begin October 30 department says By Sam Catanzaro Santa Monica police say they will increase their...

Santa Monica School Board Approves Purchases $21 Million Building

October 25, 2020

October 25, 2020

Santa Monica Malibu School Board votes 6-1 to purchase office building at 1717 4th Street By Toi Creel The Santa...

City Council Endorsements: Santa Monica Needs a Change

October 22, 2020

October 22, 2020

Santa Monica City Council endorsements from the Santa Monica Mirror The following are two endorsement articles from Santa Monica Mirror...

Crime in Santa Monica Is Declining: Santa Monica Beat – October, 22, 2020

October 22, 2020

October 22, 2020

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Crime in Santa Monica Is Declining * 335 Homeless Residents Housed...