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Friday, October 04, 2013 1:58 pm

LA coroner's office IDs jet crash passenger

The Associated Press

The Los Angeles County coroner's office has identified the remains of one of the four people killed in a plane crash at the Santa Monica airport.

Twenty-eight-year-old Irvine resident Lauren Winkler was a passenger on the private jet, which crashed Sunday evening as it landed on a flight from Idaho.

Although the coroner's office said Friday it has not matched dental records of the other three, two have been identified as Mark and Luke Benjamin by the construction company where the father and son worked.

Mark Benjamin, the CEO of Morley Builders, frequently flew his Cessna Citation between Southern California and Idaho, where he had a second home.

Federal crash investigators have not publicly discussed what may have caused the plane to veer off the runway and into a hangar.