Executive, son believed killed in Calif. jet crash

Executive, son believed killed in Calif. jet crash

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Executive, son believed killed in Calif. jet crash

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on September 30, 2013 at 1:20 PM

SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- A construction company official says it's believed the firm's CEO and his son were killed in the fiery crash of a jet that slammed into a hangar after landing at a Southern California airport.

Morley Construction Vice President Charles Muttillo said Monday that CEO Mark Benjamin and his son, Luke Benjamin, were aboard the twin-engine Cessna Citation that crashed Sunday evening.

It had taken off from Hailey, Idaho and landed in Santa Monica when it went off the right side of the runway at about 6:20 p.m. on Sunday and struck the hangar, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said.

A fire department official called the crash "unsurvivable."

The fire destroyed the hangar.

News helicopter footage showed all but the tail of the plane trapped under a collapsed section of the small building.

Luke Benjamin was a senior project manager at Santa Monica-based Morley Construction.

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