2 killed in Santa Monica plane crash

SANTA MONICA, Calif. The single-engine airplane crashed during take-off at the west end of the airport runway, according to Ian Gregor, /*Federal Aviation Administration*/ spokesperson. The crash occurred at 5:05 p.m.

The cause of the crash was under investigation.

/*Santa Monica Airport*/ has been closed.

The plane is a /*Marchetti*/ F260 model, said Gregor. It is registered as an experimental craft. The plane is licensed to a Malibu-based company.

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