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Pilot in fatal Orcutt plane crash identified as Burbank man; wreckage removed from school grounds Thursday
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Pilot in fatal Orcutt plane crash identified as Burbank man; wreckage removed from school grounds Thursday

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The tail and charred remains of an airplane lie on the playground at Dunlap Elementary School where it crashed Wednesday morning, killing the pilot.

The pilot of a small plane who died when the plane crashed on the campus of Ralph Dunlap Elementary School in Orcutt Wednesday morning has been identified as Tigran Garabedyan, 38, of Burbank, according to Sheriff's spokesperson Raquel Zick.

The pilot's identity was released Thursday night, after wreckage of the plane was removed from the campus earlier in the day, and was confirmed with the use of an ANDE Rapid DNA Instrument that is currently on loan to the Coroner’s Bureau, Zick said. 

No one was available at the National Transportation Safety Board to comment on the investigation Thursday, but crash information posted on the Federal Aviation Administration website listed the aircraft as a Cirrus SR22 with the tail number N883PJ.  

However, the website flightaware.com, which tracks aircraft, lists a plane with the same tail number as a Cirrus SR20 owned by West by Southwest Investments LLC of Newport Beach, that flew out of Van Nuys Airport Wednesday bound for Santa Maria Public Airport. 

The remainder of the crash investigation will be handled by the FAA and NTSB, Zick said.

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Mike Hodgson is news editor at the Santa Ynez Valley News, where he writes about local government, special events and the people who live in the Valley. He has been a photographer, writer, news editor and managing editor at weekly newspapers since 1972

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