Thursday's plane crash is second fatal crash for Paicoma pilot

PIRU, Calif. (AP) — A 59-year-old man killed in the crash of a small airplane in a Ventura County orchard was a longtime pilot who had been seriously injured in another fatal crash 15 years ago.

Michael Boolen of Pacoima and 89-year-old Harry Bell of Newhall were killed Thursday when Bell's single-engine Ultralight Sting Sport went down under unknown circumstances just east of Piru.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the pair had taken off from Whiteman Airport in Pacoima and was expected to return there.

Reports from the Ventura County Star said that Boolen had suffered third-degree burns and other injuries in a 1997 crash near the same airport. He survived, but a flight student and a second man were killed when the plane crashed into two houses shortly after takeoff.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating Thursday's crash.

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Information from: Ventura County Star

 

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