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Pilot in Plane Crash Near Agua Dulce Had 50 Years Flying Experience, Son Says

He called Madison an “incredible girl.”
“Her mom and her husband Jacob, just great people,” Jake Hastings said of the victims. When he learned some 2 1/2 hours later that a plane crash had been reported, Jake Hastings took to Google to search for more information. “I was supposed to be on that plane,” Jake Hastings said. L.A. County sheriff’s deputies inspect the site where a small aircraft crashed Sunday, killing four people in a remote area near Agua Dulce. The plane crash was reported to authorities about 11 a.m. Those killed were the 65-year-old pilot, the pilot’s daughter, 27-year-old Amber Hill, her young daughter, 9-year-old Madison Hastings Saxelby, and Amber Hill’s husband, 25-year-old Jacob Hill. It’s unclear what caused the crash, but there were no visible burn marks on or around the plane. A photo posted to Amber Hill’s Facebook page shows a Father’s Day celebration for Tom Hastings, second from left, on June 19, 2017. Jake Hastings said there’s been a lot of support offered to the family the wake of the crash. “He’s flown thousands and thousands of kids over the last 30 years,” said Jake Hastings, who mentioned his father got his pilot’s license at 15 years old, before he could drive a car. “It’s a crazy thing to think about, but I feel like everything happens for a reason. Please enable Javascript to watch this video
A 65-year-old pilot who died with three family members when his plane crashed near Agua Dulce Sunday morning had been flying since he was 15 years old, said his son Jake Hastings, who was supposed to be on the fatal flight. County fire officials, who confirmed that four people on board had died. (Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Hastings said he first realized something might be wrong about 11:30 a.m. The cause of the crash is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board. He ended up staying home instead on the chance that a friend might be visiting from out of state. Related Story 4 People Killed in Small Plane Crash Near Santa Clarita Are Identified

The search results turned up an image of a Cirrus aircraft with the tail number of his father’s plane. Jake Hastings said it was a flight that his father made on a regular basis, one that he himself has made with the family 30 or 40 times of the past couple of years. We’re at peace with it and doing the best we can,” he said. when he hadn’t heard anything from his father, Thomas Hastings, who set to be flying back from a trip to Las Vegas. 34.496382
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4 People Killed in Small Plane Crash Near Santa Clarita Are Identified The flight was coming from the Henderson, Nevada, airport and was bound for Van Nuys Airport, he said. in a remote area near the 30000 block of Briggs Road, according to L.A. Thomas Hastings was passionate about flying and loved to share his interest with children, his son said. It was a rare VK-30, a fixed-wing, single-engine five-seater that Thomas Hastings had spent years building from a kit in his garage, his son told the Los Angeles Times.