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Pilot killed in Sylmar crash is identified by authorities

Emergency personnel at the scene of a plane crash Sunday in Sylmar.
(OnScene.TV)

The pilot of a single-engine aircraft that crashed Sunday afternoon in Sylmar has been identified as a 55-year-old Marina del Rey resident, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

Scott Watson was the only person in the plane when it crashed shortly after 2 p.m. in a field near the 12600 block of Encinitas Avenue, just east of the 5 Freeway, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said in a statement.

The pilot was pulled from the wreckage but died at the scene, Humphrey said.

A KABC report this morning said Watson worked as a Disney Imagineer programming rides for Disney parks around the world. He was married with three adult children, his family told the news station.

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Watson was the registered owner of the plane, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The National Transportation Safety Board will oversee the investigation into the crash, Humphrey said.

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