Rex Minter, who served as Santa Monica’s mayor from 1963 to 1967 and was elected to the city council in 1955 when he was just 27 years old, is rumoured to have died in an aeroplane accident. Rex Minter, a former Santa Monica mayor, died on Thursday after a small plane went down and overturned. Just after 3 p.m., a single-engine Cessna carrying Minter and a pilot crashed near the busy Santa Monica Pier.
According to officials, the unidentified pilot suffered just minor to severe injuries and will likely make a full recovery. The pilot reported engine issues, and the Federal Aviation Administration claims that he conducted an emergency landing. According to the agency, the flight had just departed from the Santa Monica airport.
As personnel prepared to transfer the Cessna offshore, AIR7 HD was in the air. The plane’s impact with the waves and landing on the sand is captured on video by Eyewitness News. On social media on Thursday night, current Santa Monica Mayor Gleam Davis announced Minter’s passing.
BREAKING: Santa Monica Mayor Gleam Davis confirms former mayor Rex Minter was a passenger in a small plane that crashed on Santa Monica Beach and has passed away. pic.twitter.com/wy7tNIzpdE
— ABC World News Now (@abcWNN) December 23, 2022
According to a local statement, “the city is thankful for Mr. Minter’s public service and we grieve his loss alongside his family.” In recognition of Minter’s service, the flags outside City Hall will be flown at half-staff and the New Year’s City Council meeting will be postponed. Minter, who was born in 1927, was chosen to serve on the Santa Monica City Council in 1955 and as mayor from 1963 to 1967.
He served as a judge on the Superior Court of Los Angeles County as well as a prosecutor for Arcadia.
On Friday, flags were lowered in Minter’s honour in front of Santa Monica City Hall. The National Transportation Safety Board is looking at the accident’s cause.
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