Friday, January 12, 2007
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A small business jet crashed while taking off from Van Nuys Airport on Friday, killing two people, federal officials said.
The remains of two people were located in the burned wreckage, said Fire Department spokesman Ron Myers. The plane had been carrying only its two crew members, said Joe Miller, a dispatcher with Sun Quest Executive Air Charter, which operated the plane.
Little remained of twin-engine Cessna Citation after the 11 a.m. crash but smoldering ruins in a field near the San Fernando Valley airport. No structures appeared to be damaged.
The plane had been leaving the airport in the Los Angeles suburbs, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said. It was headed to Long Beach, about 25 miles south of Los Angeles.
Depending on the model, a Citation can hold four to eight passengers, plus two pilots.
Van Nuys is the busiest general aviation airport in the nation, with an average of nearly 500,000 takeoffs and landings annually. It is owned by the city's Los Angeles World Airports department and used by private, corporate, charter, flight instruction and maintenance operations.
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