A small Cessna veered off the runway and crashed into a hangar at a Santa Monica airport around 6:20 p.m. on Sunday night, starting a large fire. Witnesses report that the crash sounded "like a thunderclap" and large plumes of billowing smoke could be seen throughout the surrounding neighborhood. It is unclear exactly how many people were onboard, although The Los Angeles Times notes that the jet is registered to a real estate company based in Alabama and Georgia, and that it had taken off from the an airport in Idaho near the Sun Valley resort.

CNN quotes a member of the Santa Monica Fire Department who says that the crash, which caused the hangar to collapse, was unsurvivable. As of 9:31 p.m. Pacific time, the fire had not been contained. At least four ambulances were dispatched to the scene but none of them had taken victims to the hospital.