Pilot in deadly house crash had been disciplined in the past

FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019 file photo, firefighters suppress a fire at the scene of a deadly plane crash in the residential neighborhood of Yorba Linda, Calif. The Federal Aviation Administration said a twin-engine Cessna 414A crashed in Yorba Linda shortly after taking off from the Fullerton Municipal Airport. The pilot whose plane broke apart and crashed into the Southern California home, killing five people, was disciplined for dangerous flying years earlier, it was reported Friday, Feb. 8. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo, File)
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The pilot whose plane broke apart and crashed into a Southern California home was disciplined for dangerous flying years earlier.

Antonio Pastini died Sunday along with four people on the ground when his Cessna came apart and wreckage struck and burned a Yorba Linda home.

The Los Angeles Times reports Friday that records indicate Pastini lost his pilot's license for 120 days in 1977 after he flew from Las Vegas to Long Beach, California, in cloudy, icy weather and falsely told an air traffic controller he had instrument clearance. A judge found he had posed a potential threat to himself and others.

The Times says Pastini's license was pulled for 30 days in 1980 because his plane was judged "unairworthy" because of a brake fluid leak and other problems.



 
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