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Plane Registered To Film Composer James Horner Crashes North Of Santa Barbara

SANTA BARBARA ( — The pilot of a small aircraft, which is believed to have been registered to famed film composer James Horner, was killed when the plane crashed into a remote area about 60 miles north of Santa Barbara on Monday. It was not immediately clear whether or not the pilot was Horner himself. ( More...

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tracytearata 3
RIP another good person in the movie industry gone but not forgotten.
Kevin Brown 3
people who own /and or operate small private aircraft do so not so much because they "love" flying,but because it is an expensive hobby they can afford..there are many,many cases of non commercial pilots flyig in weather for which they are not trained,or flying into terrain or obstacles they were unaware of..there are also many instances of small aircraft malfunctions or mechanical issues that go undetected until its is too late..i too feel is it sad for any person to die as a result of a plane crash,whether a talented composer from films or a college professor..i do not feel from reading both greg77fa and mike sut's comments,that either were eing unkind,but rather commenting from their own experiences or feelings...
chapmad and Nicholas..(your postings popped up as the most recent).please gentlemen civil..this area is for comments ,yes, but everyone is entitled to an opinion ..some are more knowledgeable than others on aviation articles and issues that post here,but the whole point is to allow opinions,ideas or to share knowledge or news..i don't think a person would read,comment or otherwise bother with flightaware if they had not been in the aviation industry, or had a serious interest in all areas airline,airplane or piloting..courtesy and respect should apply..thanks
You're right...Have a nice day!
Mary, I primarily agreed with some of your views posted on the website, and expanded on them. No intent to enter into a "squabble", and my reference regarding "ego and bravado" related to findings by the NTSB investigations of fatal accidents involving general aviation, and not to any specific individual or incident. I am not claiming Mr. Horner, in any way, possessed any negative traits, was himself, inexperienced, or was at fault in his airmanship, leading to his fatal accident. Evidently, an individual misconstrued or misinterpreted my comments, and decided to take exception. I meant no insult, and I am saddened by Mr. Horner' unfortunate demise...
Greg77FA 1
At least he died doing what he loved.
bentwing60 2
I think there are very few folks who would say they would love dying doing what they love doing!
mike SUT 1
One of the lamest sayings ever about a person when they die. Imagine the fear, the horror of knowing you are about to die seconds before impacting the ground knowing you are going to die badly. It is never ones intention to die "doing something they loved". I have lost several friends over the 45 years I have been in military and commercial aviation and I know to a certainty they never, ever,said, when I die, I want to do it flying because I love flying.
PHCaswell 0
Maybe you should have an open mind or you have become cynical in those 45 years of flying?

I've been flying for 30 years and can tell you with certainty that I would rather be at the controls rather rotting away in a bed if I had a terminal disease.

Show a little compassion for both Mr Horner as well as Greg77FA for his comment. In other words be nice.
30west -2
Kevin Brown 1
It has been confirmed that Horner was killed in the crash
Ric Wernicke 4
May he rest in peace. His art and talent survives on film.
jason carroll 0
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Plane registered to ‘Titanic’ composer James Horner crashes; 1 dead

LOS ANGELES — A small plane belonging to Academy Award-winning composer James Horner crashed in central California on Monday, killing the pilot.
It is not known whether Horner, best known for scoring the movie “Titanic,” was the person flying the plane.
The list of professionals (Doctors, lawyers, etc), athletes, entertainers and celebrities that have perished piloting their own aircraft is extensive. The aircraft involved are usually, extremely well-equipped, high performance, and expensive. Unfortunately, these individuals are able to afford and operate aircraft, in many cases, requiring a level of experience and skill beyond what they possess. "Pilot error" can have several meanings, one could mean these individuals "erred" in their choice of aircraft they chose to fly, based on what they can afford and not necessarily what they are capable of operating. Ego and bravado are traits usually associated with these individuals, and is one of the many reasons they are successful. However, these last two traits are not conducive to a long, safe and enjoyable career or recreation in the real world of aviation. There are "old pilots and bold pilots, but there no old, bold pilots...
chapmad 3
He owned a turbine SF.260 for years prior to the Tucano. He was experienced with that sort of aircraft. Give the investigators a chance before jumping on your armchair-soapbox...
I believe you have the "who" that is making arm-chair soapbox comments, somewhat confused. It is you that needs to spend a little more time actually investigating a series of general aviation accidents in complex, high performance aircraft operated by minimal or limited experienced pilots/ owner/operators, into weather, terrain and situations that tax the inexperienced pilot to his/her limits. This shouldn't be difficult for you to find during your research, even if you are conducting that research from your "armchair/soapbox. Many professional individuals that are pilots push to limits, either to get to an important meeting, or get home.My post wasn't an indictment, it was stating some simple facts available to all that are interested, even an experienced pilot can exceed his limits by discounting the fatigue factor, and long day conducting business, then attempting to press on when it would be prudent to postpone departure until weather cleared and the pilot was rested...
chapmad 1
I don't need to spend any time "investigating a series of general aviation accidents," because this thread is only about a specific accident. Your persistent need to loudly broadcast your generalizations offends me. What you had to say is not relevant, fresh, or interesting.

As I have demonstrated in my earlier post, I most certainly have more intimate knowledge of this accident than you do. Paid professionals are already working on this one and I know that you are not among them. Therefore, you are the precise example of an armchair commentator (in your words, "ego and bravado are traits usually associated with these individuals").


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