Former Santa Monica Mayor Rex Minter died when a small plane crashed on the beach just south of the Santa Monica Pier Thursday afternoon, officials confirmed.
The crash happened in shallow surf around 3:15 p.m.
A witness captured video showing the single-engine Cessna 150 gradually dropping from the sky, hitting the sand and then flipping over not far from beachgoers.
Minter, 95, was elected to the Santa Monica City Council in 1955 and served as mayor from 1963-1967. He later served as city attorney for Arcadia and a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court.
“The City is grateful for Mr. Minter’s public service and we join his family in mourning his passing, the city said in a news release. “Flags in front of City Hall will be lowered to half-staff and a City Council meeting in the new year will be adjourned in honor of Minter’s service.”
Two people were onboard the aircraft when the pilot reported engine issues after taking off from the Santa Monica Airport.
When the pair was pulled from the crashed aircraft, one of them was in cardiac arrest, the Associated Press reported.
The pilot was transported to a local hospital where their condition remains unknown.
No civilians were reported injured on the beach, officials added.
The Santa Monica Fire and Police Departments responded to the scene and were assisted by L.A. County Lifeguards. Firefighters had to partially tow the aircraft out of the surf to prevent it from washing away.
The crash is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.
The FAA is expected to release the preliminary results of their investigation in the coming days.