SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 News) – The pilot of a twin-engine plane that slammed into a Southern California house on Sunday, killing himself and four people in the house, has been identified.
Authorities identified the pilot as 75-year-old Antonio Pastini of Gardnerville, Nevada. Pastini was a retired police officer and a commercial pilot.
The coroner is in the process of identifying the other four victims and notifying the next of kin.
Small plane accidents are more common than you might think. ABC4 News found that in the last five years, there have been 93 plane accidents in the state, according to the National Transportation Safety Board’s website.
ABC4’s Brittany Johnson relayed the findings to some who live across from South Valley Regional Airport in West Jordan. They say the information is concerning.
“When I see planes flying around, a thought comes to my mind that maybe someday a plane could crash,” admitted Jose Hunyton. His home sits directly across from the airport.
Laticia Elizondo takes her daughter to a home daycare near the airport.
“It’s a little scary seeing them all the time flying over but we just figure they know what they’re doing.”
Skyler Douglas has lived near the airport for many years and says plane accidents aren’t something he spends too much time thinking about.
“I mean, of course in the back of your mind you think, ‘oh what if they hit my house,’ but that’s back of the mind. Other than that, no problems.”
To read about the 93 plane accidents over the last five years in the state of Utah, click this link.