Pilot Identity Revealed in Fatal Plane Crash
Photos: Mike Eliason / SBCFD
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff – Coroner’s Office has confirmed the identity of the pilot that was killed in the plane crash on Wednesday May 20, 2020, at Ralph Dunlap School.
The decedent is 38-year-old Tigran Garabedyan (male) from Burbank. This is the only decedent from the plan crash. The identity was confirmed with the use of an ANDE Rapid DNA Instrument that is currently on loan to the Coroner’s Bureau.
The remainder of the investigation into the crash will be handled by the FAA and NTSB.
A pilot has died following a plane crash in the Orcutt area on Wednesday morning.
Santa Barbara County firefighters received reports of the crash around 10:43 a.m. are responded to Ralph Dunlap Elementary School. Upon arrival, crews found a single passenger, single-engine civilian aircraft had crashed near the basketball courts of the school.
The pilot was determined to have died on impact. Crews were able to quickly extinguish and contain the fire.
The elementary school has been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and children were not present on school grounds.
The cause is under investigation.
Aircraft Emergency- A single engine civilian aircraft crashed onto the playground at Ralph Dunlap Elementary School in Orcutt with one soul onboard. The pilot was killed on impact and the school was closed due to COVID19 concerns. C/T 10:43 **Call Newsline** pic.twitter.com/0WSzKmGvCe
— SBCFireInfo (@EliasonMike) May 20, 2020
Aircraft down near 1220 Oak Noll in Santa Maria. There is smoke showing.