This evening, a single-engine plane crashed after take-off from Santa Monica airport. It appears that there were only 2 passengers aboard the small plane, which has been identified as a Marchetti SF-260 and registered to Wingspan Inc.

Witnesses report seeing the plane crash at the end of the runway and bursting into flames. The National Transportation and Safety Board is on scene and is investigating the crash. The plane crash took place at 5p.m.

More updates as we get them.