Small Plane Overshoots Runway at Santa Monica Airport
No injuries and only minor damage
May 30, 2016
At 1:34 PM on Sunday May 22, 2016, Santa Monica Fire Department was notified of a single engine private aircraft crash, at the east end of the Santa Monica Airport Runway.
4 Engines, a Ladder Truck, a Hazardous Materials Unit, and a Chief Officer responded. The first arriving unit found the aircraft of the end of the runway, fairly intact, with no ensuing fire.
The pilot was out, and uninjured. Santa Monica Fire Units remained on scene, along with Santa Monica Police, awaiting an NTSA representative, to investigate the cause of the crash. --Dale Hillock, Public Affairs Officer, Santa Monica Fire Department.
Santa Monica airport is controversial. Many neighbors who want to shut down the century old airfield, complain that in case of such events, the runway is just too close to housing.
It has been said that no U.S. airport is as close to housing as Santa Monica airport. Historically, dense housing was constructed near the airport hurriedly in the 1940's, to house wartime employees of Douglas Aircraft.
After World War II ended, Douglas continued to produce DC-3's and DC-10's at Santa Monica's Cloverfield, until the company merged with McDonnell Douglas in 1970. Santa Monica's largest employer folded shop and moved to St. Louis, leaving high density housing right next to the 227 acre airport.
Small plane aviation periodically produces crashes. Noise and crashes equal a local political movement to permanently close the airport, and turn it into a park.