Gardnerville pilot involved in fatal California crash wasn't ex-Chicago officer


    Ambulances stand on place as the smoke rises from a house on fire by the crash of a Cessna 414A in a residential area in Yorba Linda, Calif., Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019. Authorities say a few people died and a few were injured after the small plane crashed into the Southern California house. (Clint Langford via AP)

    The Chicago Police Department says it has no record that the pilot killed in a deadly California plane crash was a retired officer.

    The Orange County, California, Sheriff's Department identified the pilot on Monday as 75-year-old Antonio Pastini and said he was a retired Chicago police officer who had been living in Nevada.

    Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in an email to The Associated Press there is no record of an officer by that name ever working in Chicago.

    Orange County sheriff's spokeswoman Carrie Braun says coroner's investigators recovered credentials from Pastini that appeared to identify him as a retired Chicago officer.

    Braun says discussions with the Chicago department Monday night determined the credentials are not legitimate.

    Braun says the identification of the pilot as Antonio Pastini is not in question.

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