A plane which crashed in Ventura County, killing two men, was equipped with an emergency parachute, but the safety system was apparently never deployed.
The ultralight aircraft went down in an orchard about three miles east of Piru yesterday afternoon. The pilot made it to a small clearing, but it hit so hard the aircraft was destroyed, and the two people on board were killed. There was no fire after the crash.
The men have been identified as Harry Bell of Newhall, and Michael Boolen, of Pacoima. Bell, who was 89 years old, was the owner of the plane, which was on a flight out of Whiteman Airport, in Pacoima.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad was sent to the scene to deactivate a small rocket system carried on board the Ultralight Sting Sport aircraft which was meant to deploy an parachute in the event of an emergency. Federal investigators are trying to determine exactly what led to the crash.