The two men killed in a small plane crash in a remote area of Santa Barbara after taking off from San Luis Obispo on Thursday night have been identified.
Pilot David Martz, 58, and passenger Greg Bacino, 56, both were from San Diego, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Coroner.
Bacino had hired Martz, a commercial pilot, to fly him in a rented Cessna from San Diego to a business meeting in San Luis Obispo. Their plane left the San Luis Obispo airport at about 9 p.m. and apparently developed engine trouble before the crash in the Los Padres National Forest near Don Victor Trail, according to a news release from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.
The crash is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.