SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UPDATE: 6:00 a.m. Monday, August 26.
The Santa Barbara Airport confirmed flights were canceled this morning. They are expecting flights to resume around 12:00 p.m. or earlier. Anyone flying in or out of the Santa Barbara Airport are advised to call their airline for more information.
The Santa Barbara Airport publishes updates on its website.
The FAA told CBS News the plane experienced hydraulic problems shortly after departing from the Santa Maria airport for Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.
UPDATE: 2:00 a.m. Monday, August 26.
A plane that crash-landed at the Santa Barbara Airport Sunday night reportedly took off from the Santa Maria Airport, about one hour before, at 10p.m.
The General Manager of the Santa Maria Airport, Chris Hastert, tells our newsroom that he saw a C-130 aircraft Sunday night. While he could not confirm it was the same plane, he said that the possibility it was the same plane was “very likely.”
Hastert said C-130 planes do not typically land or take off from the Santa Maria Airport at night, which increases the possibility that the aircraft he saw, was the same as the one that had crashed.
He also explained that the plane had taken off from Hilo International Airport in Hawaii.
The flight tracking website, FlightAware.com shows that the C-130 departed from Hilo after 9:00 a.m. (HST) and landed in Santa Maria just after 9:00 p.m. (PST).
Hastert explained numerous aircraft that depart from Hawaii will stop in Santa Maria, because of its proximity to the island. He said the airport is the closest in California for Hawaiian flights, not just for C-130 aircraft but for all kinds, sometimes including twin-engine Cessna planes with limited range.
Sunday night’s crash forced one commercial flight to divert its route. United Airlines Flight number 5744 was en route to the Santa Barbara Airport from the Los Angeles International Airport.
According to FlightAware.com, the flight took off at 10:05 p.m., minutes before the C-130 crashed. Flight 5744 was diverted back to LAX, and landed safely at 11:00 p.m.
The C-130’s final destination was unclear. The 7 souls on board escaped uninjured.
Part of a wing broke off on impact, and witnesses say fuel was spilling from the aircraft.
The fire caused by the crash was swiftly put out by firefighters with the use of foam.
The C-130 Hercules aircraft appears to be owned by a company called International Air Response, and the plane that crashed is typically used for disaster relief. The plane that crashed resembles one used for oil spill responses.
According to their website, International Air Response is an aircraft company that owns several C-130 airplanes that are then leased to both government and private-sector individual for non-emergency use. The company is based in Mesa, AZ.
The National Transportation Safety Board was called in to investigate the cause of the crash.
This story is developing, and will be updated as information becomes available.
ORIGINAL STORY: 11:00 p.m. Sunday August 25.
A code 20 was sent out Sunday night after emergency crews responded to a plane crash at the Santa Barbara Airport.
Santa Barbara City Fire says reports of a C-130 aircraft crashing on the runway at the SBA.
Airport staff says there were 7 people on board, and all got out safely.
This is all the information officials have provided, please check back for more details.