Oscar-Winning Composer Killed in Ventura County Plane Crash

Oscar-winning composer James Horner was killed Monday morning when the single-engine S312 Tucano he was piloting crashed into the Los Padres National Forest near the border of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Capt. John Reilley said the crash was reported shortly before 9:30 a.m. on Quatal Canyon Road. It caused a nearby brush fire that had grown to about two acres before fire crews extinguished the flames.

Horner’s death was confirmed by his agency Tuesday. The aircraft was one of several owned by Horner, according to his attorney Jay Cooper. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are now investigating the crash, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor confirmed.

Horner, 61, had an impressive career spanning nearly four decades. He composed the music for such films as “Field of Dreams," “Apollo 13,” “Braveheart,” “A Beautiful Mind,” and “Titanic,” for which he won two academy awards.

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