Pilot in Calif. plane crash that killed 5 carried police badge that wasn’t ‘legitimate’ – NBC News

The pilot whose twin-engine plane crashed into a Southern California home on Sunday, killing him and four people on the ground, was not a retired Chicago Police Department officer as authorities initially believed.

Antonio Pastini, 75, of Gardnerville, Nevada, piloted the plane that crashed into a single-family home in a residential section of Yorba Linda, California.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office on Monday identified Pastini as a former Chicago police officer, based on a badge and ID they found on him.

On Tuesday, the sheriff’s office said it had discovered that he was never a Chicago officer and that they “do not believe the credentials are legitimate.”

“We recovered from the site what we believed were legitimate credentials from Chicago police with the name of the decedent on them,” a spokesperson for the Orange County Sheriff’s office told NBC News on Tuesday.

Chicago police confirmed to NBC News that Pastini was never a member of the force.


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