DNA test confirms identity of pilot in Oceano plane crash

mfountain@thetribunenews.comMarch 14, 2014 

Members of the Sheriff's Office's dive team search Friday, Jan. 17, for the plane that crashed off the coast of Oceano.


Local authorities have now confirmed the identity of one of two men killed in a plane crash off the coast of Oceano on Jan. 14.

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office officials previously released the identity of David Brian Casey, 63, of Friday Harbor, Wash., as the pilot of the plane, but on Friday confirmed his identity through the use of DNA testing on remains found in the water.

The identity of the passenger, whom authorities previously said they believe to be Alan George Gaynor, 52, of Los Angeles, has yet to be confirmed.

The Sheriff’s Office is continuing to work with the National Transportation Safety Board and the FBI to determine when weather will allow for further recovery efforts.

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