Pilot Killed In Plane Crash Near Camarillo Airport Identified

Tuesday October 8, 2019

(Photos courtesy Ventura County Fire PIO)

     Updated--The Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office has identified the pilot killed in the crash of a small private plane near Camarillo Airport Tuesday afternoon.

   They say that 82-year-old John Lewis of Woodland Hills died from injuries sustained in the fire that broke out after the single-engine plane crashed in an agricultural field south of the airport.

    It was reported shortly before 12:30 PM Tuesday in the area of Pleasant Valley Road and Las Posas Road.

   Ian Gregor, a spokesperson with the FAA, said through an email to KVTA News said that the plane was a single engine BD-5 homebuilt aircraft that went down under unknown circumstances in a field about 1,000 feet south of Camarillo Airport.

   The first fire units reported the aircraft on fire when they arrived on scene.

   The fire was knocked down in a just a few minutes.

   Firefighers found the pilot, the sole occupant of the aircraft, dead at the scene.

   The NTSB is in charge of the investigation into the incident and will pass its findings and recommendations on to the FAA for any action if necessary.