Pilot In Deadly Crash Had Bogus Chicago PD Credentials

Pilot Antonio Pastini had credentials identifying him as a retired Chicago police officer, but the Chicago PD has no record of Pastini ever being with the department.

There's a mystery growing around a deadly plane crash in Orange County that killed five people. Investigators say pilot Antonio Pastini had credentials identifying him as a retired Chicago police officer, but the Chicago PD has no record of Pastini ever being with the department. Authorities say his Federal Aviation Administration pilot's license is real. The small plane Pastini was flying Sunday broke apart midair and caused a house to go up in flames, leaving Pastini and four other inside the home dead.

We are also learning more about the people in the home. Rick Cruz was a friend of one of the men killed. "Just so friendly to everyone," said Cruz. "Type of guy that you could just sit and talk about anything with, and you learned something just by listening to him." Cruz described the victim as a mentor. He went on to say that he has been told by survivors that a part of the plane entered the home like a fireball and those that died did not have enough time to get out because the heat was so intense.

Cruz also noted that the family was getting ready to host their annual Super Bowl party when chaos erupted. "It just happened so quick from what I was told," Cruze said. "Like a torpedo came through the door...the heat was just so intense."

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