The Los Angeles County coroner's office today
publicly identified the fourth person killed in a small jet's crash last Sunday
at the Santa Monica Airport.
The coroner's office today confirmed that Lucas Benjamin, 28, of Malibu,
was killed in the crash, said coroner's investigator Dana Bee.
Earlier, the coroner's office had released of three others killed in the
crash: Lauren Winkler, 28, of and Kyla Dupont, 53, both of San Diego, and
Mark Benjamin, the younger man's 63-year-old father and a Malibu resident.
The twin-engine Cessna Citation 525A, which took off in Hailey, Idaho,
slammed into a hangar after veering off the runway about 6:20 p.m. Sunday as it
landed, causing the structure to collapse and sparking an explosive fire that
spread to two other hangars.
The elder Benjamin, president of Santa Monica-based Morley Builders, was
believed to have been at the controls.
Winkler worked for an organization called Save A Child's Heart, which
provides free open-heart surgery in Israel to children from Africa and the
Middle East, according to an article written by a friend of the woman's father.
In the article, which appears on the website of Irvine-based
BusinessGhost Inc., company President and CEO Michael Levin writes that Winkler
was as a fundraiser and executive at Save A Child's Heart.
The cause of the crash was under investigation by the National
Transportation Safety Board, but the probe has been delayed because of the
federal government shutdown.