Tape marks off the hangar where a small jet crashed at Santa Monica Aiport on Sunday evening. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@www.smdp.com)


It seems to me that Mark Benjamin might have realized that his brakeless jet was about to shoot past the runway and into the neighboring homes, and made the last moment decision to crash it into those hangars rather than endanger other lives. Has anyone considered this? I think it was a heroic action, more than just a steering problem.

Rather than risking precious extra moments that might have yielded survivable options for himself and those in his plane, he recognized the potential for danger to the neighborhood, and chose his own certain death over possible injuries to others.

Those who claim that pilots have no consideration for the community should remember this courageous and selfless act.


Michael Gastaldo

Santa Monica

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