SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The pilot and passenger of a plane that crashed Thursday in Santa Barbara have been identified as San Diego residents, according to a release from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department.
The pilot is 58-year-old David Martz of San Diego and the passenger is 56-year-old Greg Bacino, also from San Diego.
Martz, a commercial pilot, was hired by Bacino to fly him to San Luis Obispo for a business meeting. They were flying back to San Diego from the San Luis Obispo Airport around 9 p.m. when they apparently had engine trouble and crashed into a remote area of the Los Padres National Forest. The rented Cessna from the San Diego area was found near Don Victor Trail.
An investigation of the crash is underway by the FAA.