Pilot Identity Revealed in Fatal Plane Crash

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Update by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
May 21, 2020

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.

Update by edhat staff
May 20, 2020

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


Reported by Roger the Scanner Guy
10:46 am., May 20, 2020

Aircraft down near 1220 Oak Noll in Santa Maria. There is smoke showing.

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Roger May 20, 2020 01:28 PM
Pilot Identity Revealed in Fatal Plane Crash

I did not say he was killed right a way because of the tail numbers on the back of the plane I did not want his loved ones to get that horrible info from Edhat. I actually heard the identity too, but I don't release that info either......

Roger May 22, 2020 08:57 AM
Pilot Identity Revealed in Fatal Plane Crash

I don't care what people read to each is own I care about peoples feelings unlike yourself who gets a rise out of putting others down. It don't work on me I like being last class, better than having no class....

a-1590999650 May 20, 2020 01:10 PM
Pilot Identity Revealed in Fatal Plane Crash

Keyt has a video posted from a neighbor who caught it on camera and you can see a person approaching the earth at a really fast speed and the parachute opening but it was WAY too late, too close to the ground to even slow descent. Scary stuff!

tagdes May 21, 2020 10:49 AM
Pilot Identity Revealed in Fatal Plane Crash

To be clear...you can not see one approaching...the parachute is on top of the plane. It was just too low to deploy. Over 360 of these have been safely used.

a-1590999650 May 20, 2020 02:03 PM
Pilot Identity Revealed in Fatal Plane Crash

Nevermind. Found it on KSBY facebook page. Very sad, the plane was going so fast at impact even with the parachute deployed. RIP.

porkrind May 20, 2020 01:23 PM
Pilot Identity Revealed in Fatal Plane Crash

Watching that video, that looks like a Cirrus SR20 or SR22, one of the few aircraft to have an airframe parachute. In better situations, the pilot can pull on the handle and a rocket fires a parachute out of a covered pocket on the back of the airplane, then the plane and pilot gently (relatively speaking) float down to the ground. This looks like the guy grabbed for the handle way too late. Looks like the minimum altitude to pull the chute is 400 feet... https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2018/march/flight-training-magazine/how-it-works-airframe-parachute

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