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.

Comments (17)
  1. Paula Gaudet says:

    We were at the SM airport Typhoon restaurant and saw the plane come in from the south over the building and line up to the landing strip but could not manage to touch down and as was nearing the end of the runway veered right upward then left out of view. Prayers to all those injured.

    1. Xen says:

      Only a little airplane crashed. Not newsworthy. YAWN! Let me know when a jumbo jet airliner crashes.

      1. Marissa says:

        Those little airplanes are called buzz-flies.

  2. Steve says:

    Ok you’ve got your pictures. Now can you and the others please get your helicopters out from above my backyard? Pllllleeeeeaase!

  3. Andrew says:

    Can’t believe that it ‘s another crash at Santa Monica airport. Just seems to be getting more frequent. Are they increasing the amount of flights coming in and out of there the past few years? Is that why it seems to be getting worse?


    crash all cessna’s in la county!!!!

  5. Raul says:

    Unfortunately this is what happens during the urban sprawl when people choose to build and live in homes so close to an ALREADY existing airport. It’s too bad that people tend to view airports as an enemy instead of an ally. Please visit to find out how your local airport helps your community.

    1. David says:

      What are you a pawn of the airport? The airport is dangerous to the people living near it.

      1. Raul says:

        The people who CHOOSE to live next to the airport should better inform themselves of the inherent risks of living in such a location. It’s like saying there shouldn’t be freeways because there are so many car accidents? Don’t let Santa Monica become another Meigs Field…

  6. Matt says:

    There’s always 3 or 4 of these a year, but they’re always single engine prop planes instead of the jets that people state crash here

  7. Elizabeth says:

    Most of the houses near SM airport have been there for over 40 years. In fact, many of the apartments on my street were originally built as housing for SM airport workers and personnel. You are blaming the victim here.

  8. Terry Jones says:

    Looks like this kid forgot some lessons on lift.

  9. Guy says:

    this is a horrible report. the plane doesn’t look upside down at all and he says the same twice at the front…”horrible…no one home at the time.” other stations showed the pilot video. this is lame. horrible reporting!

  10. stella says:

    I’m glad the pilot could walk away but let us reconsider the use of this airport. I think it’s time to turn this airport into a park. Let’s not wait until someone dies to do something

    1. Tommy says:

      While you’re at it, lets close the freeways because too many people die on them each year. Isn’t there already a park at the airport?

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