Man Identified in Santa Monica Airport Plane Crash

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    SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Members of the aviation community were in mourning Thursday for a friend and colleague who was killed in a plane crash.

    Paulo Emanuele was aboard a single-engine plane that crashed at the Santa Monica Airport on Wednesday at 5:05 p.m. After hitting the runway, the two-seater aircraft burst into flames, said Santa Monica police Lt. Ken Semko.

    Plane Crashes at Santa Monica Airport (RAW)

    [LA] Plane Crashes at Santa Monica Airport (RAW)
    Fire crews respond to a plane crash at the Santa Monica Airport. (Published Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009)

    "It is with the deepest sorrow that we let you know Paulo Emanuele, General Manager of, died this evening in a tragic plane crash. His plane took off out of Santa Monica Airport around 5 p.m. and lost power. Paulo attempted to return to the airport, but did not make it. Paulo loved Airliners and everything it stands for," said a statement on

    According to the site, Emanuele "will be remembered for his passion, his kindness and his love for life."

    "Paulo was an amazing pilot, an amazing photographer, an amazing friend and an amazing father. He will be deeply missed. Thank you Paulo for the time we had with you ... We know you will be smiling down on us," said the statement.

    The cause of the crash is under investigation.

    Small Plane Crash Kills Two at Santa Monica Airport

    [LA] Small Plane Crash Kills Two at Santa Monica Airport
    Two people were killed early Wednesday night when a single-engine two-seater airplane lost power on takeoff from Santa Monica Airport and the pilot tried to return to the airport but crashed on the runway, authorities said (Published Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009)

    The identity of a second person killed in the crash has not been released.

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