FAA, and National Transportation Safety investigators spent much of the weekend investigating Friday’s crash of a vintage military aircraft in Ventura County, which killed the plane’s pilot.
It happened at around 12:15 Friday afternoon, between Camarillo and Pt. Mugu, as the plane was headed towards Naval Base Ventura County. Authorities say Thomas Bennett, who was a retired Navy pilot, died in the crash in an agricultural field near Broome Ranch Road.
The plane was a British Hawker Hunter jet, owned by a company which had a contract with the U.S. military. The Hunters were developed in the 1950’s, and used by the RAF in various configurations until the 1990’s. This type of plane is often used for training exercises, in which it plays an enemy plane. The aircraft disintegrated on impact, with pieces strewn over a wide area. No one on the ground was hurt.
Navy officials say the aircraft was owned, and operated by a company called Airborne Tactical Advantage Company. The 51 year old pilot worked for the Virginia based company, but he lived in Camarillo.