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Small jet hits hangar at Santa Monica Airport

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POSTED September 29, 2013 11:30 p.m.

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — A small jet that took off from Idaho has crashed into a storage hangar and started a large fire after landing Sunday night at a Southern California airport, officials said.

The fire destroyed the hangar, Santa Monica Fire Department spokeswoman Bridgett Lewis said.

“It was a total loss,” Lewis said.

The blaze did minor damage to two other buildings and several units were in defensive mode to keep it from spreading further, Lewis said.

It was not immediately clear how many people were on the plane or whether anyone was inside the hangar, and there was no immediate word on any injuries or deaths.

A plume of smoke rising above the airport could be seen in the surrounding neighborhood.

Santa Monica Airport, located in the coastal tourist destination known for its trendy bars, restaurants and wooden-pier carnival, is home to many private jets, many of them used by wealthy Southern Californians from the entertainment industry.

The airport in Hailey serves Idaho’s Sun Valley resort area, which is a frequent destination for many celebrities, and the rich and powerful alike.

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