Preliminary Findings Give Little Insight Into Cause of Santa Monica Plane Crash

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The cause of last month’s deadly plane crash at Santa Monica Airport is still unknown, but federal investigators on Thursday released their preliminary findings on the incident, debunking some early theories about why the crash occurred.

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Four people died in a Sept. 29 crash at Santa Monica Airport that NTSB officials were continuing to investigate.

The dramatic Sept. 29 crash left dark smoke billowing into the air and the four Southern Californians aboard the 2003 Cessna 525A Citation dead.

The tires of the small twin-engine plane — which veered off the runway during its landing and crashed into a hangar — “showed no signs of unusual wear,” the National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report Thursday.

No debris was on the runway at the time of the crash, officials also determined.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, “the pilot did not express over the radio any problems prior to or during the landing,” NTSB confirmed in their findings.

The evening crash occurred after a flight from Hailey, Idaho.

All four of the plane’s passengers — Mark Benjamin, 63, his son Lucas Benjamin, 28, his son’s girlfriend, Lauren Winkler, 28, and Kyla Dupont, 53 — died.