Former Santa Monica mayor killed in plane crash, current mayor confirms


Former Santa Monica Mayor Rex Minter died after the plane he was on crashed Thursday on the beach south of the city’s pier.

Minter’s death was confirmed Friday by current mayor Gleam Davis.

“Unfortunately, ex [Santa Monica] Mayor and Judge Rex Minter was a passenger in the plane that crashed on the beach south of the Pier this afternoon,” Davis wrote on social media.

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An investigation is underway into the crash of a single-engine Cessna plane after the pilot landed on the beach south of the pier, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022, in Santa Monica, California.  Firefighters were called to the 1800 block of Santa Monica Beach at 3:17 p.m., said Capt. Patrick Nulty, a spokesman for the city's fire department.  Both occupants were rescued and taken to hospital.

An investigation is underway into the crash of a single-engine Cessna plane after the pilot landed on the beach south of the pier, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022, in Santa Monica, California. Firefighters were called to the 1800 block of Santa Monica Beach at 3:17 p.m., said Capt. Patrick Nulty, a spokesman for the city’s fire department. Both occupants were rescued and taken to hospital.
(Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

He continued, “he has passed away. I have spoken to his family and have conveyed the City Council’s deepest condolences.”

Minter was one of only two occupants in a single-engine Cessna. The two people involved in the accident were found alive by first responders and taken to the hospital.

Officials are now investigating the fatal crash.

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According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the pilot of the unidentified plane reported engine problems before attempting to make an emergency landing. The plane descended dramatically before hitting the shore.

At this time, the condition of the pilot is not known.

An investigation is underway into the crash of a single-engine Cessna plane after the pilot landed on the beach south of the pier, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022, in Santa Monica, California.  Firefighters were called to the 1800 block of Santa Monica Beach at 3:17 p.m., said Capt. Patrick Nulty, a spokesman for the city's fire department.  Both occupants were rescued and taken to hospital.

An investigation is underway into the crash of a single-engine Cessna plane after the pilot landed on the beach south of the pier, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022, in Santa Monica, California. Firefighters were called to the 1800 block of Santa Monica Beach at 3:17 p.m., said Capt. Patrick Nulty, a spokesman for the city’s fire department. Both occupants were rescued and taken to hospital.
(Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

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Minter, born in 1927, was mayor of Santa Monica from 1963 to 1967.

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