SANTA MONICA (CBS) — A small single-engine plane has crashed into the back of a home just west of Santa Monica Airport.
The Cessna 172 went down under unknown circumstances shortly after takeoff at 2:29 p.m.
The pilot suffered a broken leg in the crash that occurred near 21st Street and Navy, Santa Monica police said.
“I thought it was a student perhaps, doing a touch-and-go landing, and it turned out the next thing he did was a full bank and I said, ‘The guy’s crashing,’” said witness Bob Farmham.
The home was under construction at the time of the crash. No one was home at the time and no one on the ground was injured.
The construction workers were able to control the small fire with garden hoses before police arrived.
The FAA and the NTSB are investigating the cause of the crash.