Pilot Killed in Crash Was Ventura Man, 85

From Times Staff Reports

A pilot who was killed Friday when his experimental aircraft crashed in rural Saticoy has been identified as Russ Cathaway, 85, of Ventura.

A witness told authorities that the red single-engine aircraft was flying west at a low altitude when Cathaway turned the plane around and started flying toward Santa Paula Airport.

About 3:30 p.m. Cathaway's plane hit a hill next to the Santa Clara River, east of Los Angeles Avenue, and flipped over on top of him.

The Federal Aviation Administration was conducting an investigation into the cause of the crash.

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