SANTA MONICA—A Santa Monica woman was among those killed in a helicopter crash on Tuesday, January 30.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the victim, Kimberly Watzmann, 45, worked for The Standard chain of hotels. She was the general manager for the Standard Hotel in West Hollywood and was employed by the organization for 11 years.
A total of 3 people were killed in the crash, according to the Orange County Coroner’s Office. Amongst those killed included two men. Two others were injured, including a man on the ground.
The helicopter was leaving John Wayne Airport when, shortly afterward, it clipped the upper story of a Newport Beach home before plummeting to the ground. The helicopter was owned by Revolution Aviation and was being leased to pilot Joseph Anthony Tena at the time of the crash. Tena was one of those killed in the collision.
The cause of the crash remains unknown, but investigations are currently being conducted by both the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.