Pilot killed in Santa Paula plane crash identified

SANTA PAULA (AP) — The pilot killed in the crash of a twin-engine plane in oil fields north of Los Angeles has been identified.

The Ventura County Star (http://bit.ly/1DlAg7V ) says 82-year-old James Breeding of Ojai was killed when his Cessna 337 crashed four miles southeast of the Santa Paula Airport.

His wife, Jan Breeding, tells KCBS-TV (http://cbsloc.al/1IRf3oN ) that her husband was a lifelong pilot who’d gone out for a quick flight Saturday morning.

The wreckage was discovered Saturday afternoon by a passerby who spotted it on the side of a hill.

Breeding was the only person aboard.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

The Ventura Star says Breeding was trying to sell the plane. He was asking more than $89,000.

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