The pilot who died in the cockpit of a small plane that crashed into a California home and killed a family of four had fake police credentials on him.
Yesterday, Antonio Pastini was identified as a retired Chicago police officer after his Cessna 414A fell apart midair while flying over Yorba Linda, a suburb around 36 miles southeast of Los Angeles, at around 1.45pm on Sunday.
But the Chicago Police Department said it had no record of the 75-year-old, who’s actually from Gardnerville, Nevada, ever working for them.
Antonio Pastini (left) died as his plane fell apart in midair and plummeted in a fiery heap into a home, killing four others. He was found in possession of fake police credentials
The 75-year-old had false retirement papers and a police badge with the same issue number as a badge reported lost in 1978
False retirement papers and a police badge with the same issue number as a badge reported lost in 1978 were found at the crash site, Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi revealed.
The development comes as DailyMail.com discovered a series of cryptic Facebook posts shared on Pastini’s profile in the weeks leading up to the tragic crash.
Four days before the crash on January 31, in what would be Pastini’s final post, he eerily told his ‘friends’ that this would be the last time he ever opened Facebook again.
A series of cryptic posts were found on his Facebook page in the lead up to the tragic crash. Pictured: In his final post on January 31, he predicted it would be his last ever post
Pastini, from Nevada, shared two equally cryptic posts just after midnight on January 29
He wrote: ‘No need for any response. FB takes your time away. Posts and comments are usually BS! I am signing off and deleting my account as of this post. My friends can messenger me, text me, or call me. If that is too difficult, you were never my friend to start with. This is the last post and last time I will open FB.’
Two days earlier, just after midnight on January 29, Pastini shared two equally-cryptic posts within five minutes of each other.
The first read: ‘Throughout life I have heard to look for the light at the end of the tunnel. I was wondering why we let ourselves get into the tunnel in the first place.’
In the second post, he asked the question: ‘How far is far, far away?’
On January 25, Pastini – who is thought to have worked in the restaurant industry – revealed he’d taken his first day off in a year and said he was surprised at the amount of people who care about him.
Pastini announced he was having a day off and said he didn’t expect anyone to care
The following day he admitted he was surprised at the amount of people that cared about him
On January 24, the pilot joked that he would stick to having dogs as friends rather than people alongside a photo caption that read: ‘Despite all the bad days and mean people, I still believe in good days and kind people’
He wrote: ‘I was surprised to see all the nice comments about me having a day off. I guess there are more people who care then I thought… Seriously, thanks guys for cheering me up, I love you all.’
One day prior, Pastini announced that he was having the day off. He implied that nobody cared about him in his post.
‘To all the people I know who may give a sh**. (All none of them) I finally have a real day off,’ he wrote.
Dash cam footage taken by a driver nearby captured the moment the plane fell from the sky in a fireball and vanished out of view, crashing into the home and killing four people inside
Pastini’s twin-engine plane fell apart in midair and plummeted in a fiery heap into a home, setting fire to the house and killing a family of four who were watching the Super Bowl.
It’s thought that two men and two women were the victims. DNA will need to be used to identify them because their injuries are so severe.
Neighbors claimed the victims were a husband and wife and their daughter and son-in-law.
Horrified neighbors watched as the house was torn apart by flames with at least four people inside. None of the victims have been named
The plane’s main carriage ended up in the backyard of the house behind the one it set on fire. Pilot Pastini was the only person inside the eight-seater at the time
Lt. Cory Martino of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said: ‘Unfortunately, the condition of the additional four deceased will require the use of additional measures such as DNA to obtain official identification.
‘Based on initial information received by the individuals who survived the incident, we believe the individuals were members of a family attending a gathering.’
It is not known how many people were in the home at the time but witnesses described seeing some survivors run out of the home screaming for loved ones who did not make it out.
The plane is shown above in the backyard of the home behind the one it set on fire, where it eventually came to a stop
The front of the plane was damaged and its cockpit was almost severed from the cabin in the crash
Two others are being treated in the hospital for burns and a fire fighter was also injured.
After crashing through the house, the plane smashed through a fence and eventually came to a stop in the backyard of another home on the street behind the burnt property.
Parts of the plane, including one of its twin engines, landed in neighbors’ yards. The plane took off from Fullerton Municipal Airport about a dozen miles west of the blaze.
The plane’s registration was pending when it crashed. It is listed to an address in Oregon and had flown from Fullerton Municipal Airport, 13 miles away. It is pictured before the crash
A resident puts out a piece of flaming debris with a garden hose as others try to help the neighbors trapped in the home. It is not yet clear if they were killed by the impact of the crash or the fire
Fire fighters work to put out the blaze at a home in Yorba Linda on Sunday evening after a small private plane crashed into it and set it alight, killing four people inside and the male pilot
It is not clear where the pilot was traveling to or how long he had been in the air.
‘It was a boom. It sounded like something exploded. It shook our house,’ said John Wolbart, who lives a block away from the home which was destroyed.
He said he ran to the burning house and saw a woman come out with singed hair.
Clint Langford, who lives about a half-mile away, said he was in his living room when he heard a low rumbling.
‘It’s the eerie, low rumbling sound that keeps getting lower and louder. It was scary,’ he said. ‘And then all of a sudden boom. It shook the house.’
The crash left debris scattered across the suburban street and destroyed the two-floor home
Fire fighters had to stand on the roof of the house next door to try to put out the flames on the second floor of the property
The crash torched the entire house where at least four people had gathered to watch the Super Bowl, according to neighbors
All of the house’s interior was destroyed in the fire and its roof was barely in tact by the time firefighters put out the blaze
He looked out his front door and could see plane parts falling out the sky in the distance.
Pat Rogers, who lives about a mile from the crash site, told the Orange County Register he saw the plane on fire and coming apart.
Video posted on Twitter showed panicked residents running to the house as it became engulfed in flames and dark smoke. One man doused a burning wing that landed on the street with a garden hose.
Aerial footage taken from news helicopters show plane parts, including side panels and a propeller, scattered on rooftops and driveways near the burned house.
Parts of the plane landed in neighbors’ back yards and caused less serious damage to their homes
A fire fighter on a crane puts out the blaze after the plane’s main carriage and one of its engines smashed through the roof of the property
A neighbor describes hearing the plane come down and crash into the property while fire fighters survey the damage to her home
One of the plane’s engines landed on the porch of another house where no one was harmed
The main body of the twin-engine plane was found in the backyard of another home not far from the burned house. The fire spread to a SUV that was parked in the driveway.
Debris was scattered over four blocks, Simpson said.
Rain from a winter storm helped firefighters extinguish the house fire. They planned to search the burned house in case there were additional victims, Sanchez said.
The National Transportation and Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash.
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