The passenger aboard the plane that plunged into the ocean off the coast at Oceano is believed to be Alan George Gaynor of Los Angeles. David Casey of Friday Harbor, the pilot, was confirmed dead last week.
The plane was a Morrisey. The photo, taken in 2007, was provided by David Lednicer. Lednicer and his wife, who are part time San Juan Island residents and knew Casey, happened to be walking on the beach in the area of the crash Tuesday, January 15 and saw the helicopters and boats searching off-shore for the wreckage of the plane.
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A plane piloted by David Brian Casey, 63, of Friday Harbor went down one mile off the coast of Oceano, San Luis Obispo County, California Tuesday, January 14 according to the local sheriff's office. The pilot's identity was released at 2:15 p.m. January 15, 2014. It was based on interviews and a wallet found at the scene.
According to the San Luis Obispo Tribune: At 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, a spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office confirmed that members of the team have discovered both human remains and a wallet among scattered debris around what they believe to be the crash site.
The press release from the local Sheriff's Office stated, "At this time the Sheriff's Office is trying to determine if there was a passenger on board the plane. The sheriff's press release said, "It should be noted , no bodies have been recovered at this time."
Since early this morning, Wednesday, January 15, the Sheriff's Dive Team and Marine Enforcement Division have been searching the area where the plane went down. Using sonar equipment, they are trying to locate the plane and potentially any bodies from the crash site.
So far, they have been unsuccessful in their attempts but are continuing to search the area. Also involved in the search are Cal Fire, California State Parks, California Highway Patrol, Port San Luis Harbor Patrol, Coast Guard and Fish and Wildlife.
According to information on Find the Data website Casey was an airline transport pilot and a certified flight instructor. He lived adjacent to Roche Harbor's airstrip. These two aircraft are registered to Casey according to website listing FAA registered aircraft in Friday Harbor:
Aircraft: MORRISEY 2150 (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 101 mph), Engine: LYCOMING 0-320 SERIES (180 HP) (Reciprocating) N-Number: 5102V , Serial Number: FP-2, Year manufactured: 1958, Airworthiness Date: 06/27/1958 Registrant (Individual): David B Casey, Friday Harbor, WA 98250
Aircraft: FOGERSON RICHARD D RV-3 (Category: Land, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: AMA/EXPR UNKNOWN ENG (Reciprocating) N-Number: 789RV , Serial Number: 11351, Year manufactured: 2005, Airworthiness Date: 01/13/2006 Registrant (Partnership): David B Casey, Friday Harbor, WA 98250, Other Owners: Jonathon T Proehl
More information about the crash and the search and rescue operation is available on SanLuisObispo.com