A single-engine light aircraft registered to 61-year-old famed Hollywood film composer James Horner was destroyed and set ablaze when it crashed in a field in a rural area around 60 miles north of Santa Barbara, California, on Monday morning, according to local authorities. Initial reports state the pilot was killed, but it is unclear whether or not Horner was piloting the plane.
Horner is one of Hollywood’s most well-known and decorated film composers. His list of silver screen successes include Titanic, Glory, Braveheart, and Legends of the Fall.
Emergency units from the Santa Barbara County Fire Department were dispatched to a remote location in the hills in Ventura County at 9:30 a.m. and discovered a debris field that was consistent with a plane crash and the charred remains of what was a single-engine S-312 Tucano MK-1 registered to Horner. The fiery crash led to a one-acre brush fire. No survivors were found at the scene.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has launched an investigation to determine the exact cause of the crash. Horner’s representatives have yet to comment on the situation. The only information regarding Horner’s whereabouts that is available is that he is currently, “missing.”
By Alex Lemieux
NBC Los Angeles: Plane Registered To Film Composer James Horner Crashes North Of Santa Barbara