4 Innocent People Killed When a Plane Crashed Into a Yorba Linda Home

On February 3rd, four innocent people and a pilot were killed when a twin-engine plane fell apart in the sky and collided into a home in Yorba Linda, California. The victims who died in the accident were found to be gathered together to watch the Super Bowl. Roy Lee Anderson who was 85 years old, Dahlia Marlies Leber Anderson 68 years of age, Stacie Norene Leber 48 years old, and Donald Paul Elliott who was 58 years old were all identified to be killed in the crash.

In a statement on Wednesday, the family of the victims in the crash said, ”We are devastated by our loss of our family members who will be greatly missed. Our family bond is tight, and each member lost in this tragedy represents more than just one role within our family. We lost parents, grandparents, great-parents, spouses, sisters, brothers, aunts and uncles. The home lost was a beacon for so many family and friends where many celebrations were held. We want to thank our extended family and friends who have provided amazing support, kindness, and compassion. It takes a village.”

The pilot of the plane was Antonio Pastini, a 75-year-old who was responsible for the devastating crash. He was a former police officer but, later was learned not to be associated with the Chicago Police Department. Pastino lived in Gardenville, Nevada, had been disciplined twice by authorities for unsafe flying and also had his license suspended in 1977 to 1980. His first suspension which lasted 120 days, which occurred when he flew to Las Vegas to Long Beach in cloudy, icy weather conditions and lied about his credentials. The second time he got suspended was when his plane was not up-to-date on inspections and had an expired temporary registration. The plane was leaking brake fluid which has cited records kept by the Library of Congress. The suspension lasted for 30 days.

“We were contacted by the Chicago Police Department, and they reported that no record of (Pastini) him as being a former officer,” stated Carrie Braun, a spokeswoman with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

Pastini was flying solo while heading for Minden-Tahoe Airport in Minden, Nevada in his 1981 twin engine that afternoon. Before taking off, an air traffic controller warned the pilot of deteriorating weather about four miles east of the airport. At 1:39 p.m. the plane took off and no flight plan was seen to be registered. The preliminary radar data showed that the aircraft made a left turn, climbing 7800 feet and flew 10 miles out before plunging into the neighborhood at a rapid speed, NTSB accident investigator Elliot Simpson stated. Witnesses told Smith that they saw the plane come out of a cloud still intact but, then eventually breaking off into pieces before hitting the ground.

The crash was said to have left debris for over four blocks in the Yorba community and was also found to be thirty-three miles south of Los Angeles. The Orange County Fire Authority explained that the debris ignited a massive inferno in the home which quickly spread throughout the two-story structure before advancing to a second home. The KTLA station reported a social media video which showcased the images of “panicked residents rushing about the street.”

On Monday, investigators collected debris among sixteen different houses, including the plane’s fuselage. They stated that they will take all the parts of the aircraft and take it to a Phoenix facility for further examination.

Recovering the parts of the large plane, has been challenging, NTSB said, but many witnesses have come forward. Pastini did not make a distress call, and NTSB noted that they do not know if he attempted to make an emergency call landing elsewhere. A preliminary report is expected sometime next week, according to NTSB but full investigation could take up to two years.