‘Titanic’ Composer James Horner Missing After Fatal Plane Crash, Attorney Says (Updated)

Single-engine aircraft registered to the Oscar winner crashed Monday near Santa Barbara

Last Updated: June 23, 2015 @ 12:43 AM

A plane registered to two-time Oscar-winning “Titanic” composer James Horner crashed near Santa Barbara, California, Monday, leaving one dead.

The pilot of the plane was killed in the crash, although the victim’s identity was not yet known.

“The only thing we know is that it is his plane,” Horner’s attorney, Jay Cooper told TheWrap Monday evening. “His business manager has been contacted. His wife is traveling and his daughter is in Europe. I have not spoken to his family.”

Cooper added, “We have spoken to his other agents and they’ve not heard anything.”

Site of crash of plane owned by composer James Horner (Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Dept)

Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Dept

Firefighters arrived at the scene of the crash, near Ventucopa, about 60 miles north of Santa Barbara, at approximately 9:30 a.m. and discovered a small debris field. There were no survivors, authorities said.

The crash sparked a one acre brush fire, Ventura County Fire Department Captain Mike Lindberry told TheWrap.

Officials from both the Ventura and Santa Barbara County fire departments responded to the crash. Photos taken by fire investigators showed small pieces of the plane and a large swath of charred grass. The coroner’s office has not yet identified the victim.

According to local television station CBS Los Angeles, the FAA issued an alert for a single-engine S-312 Tucano MK-1.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating, but had no information. The cause of the fatal incident is under investigation.

Site of crash of plane owned by composer James Horner (Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Dept)

Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Dept

Horner, 61, is a Los Angeles native. His other credits include the scores for “Braveheart,” “Glory” and “Legends of the Fall,” has won two Oscars, in the Best Music, Original Song category and Best Music, Original Dramatic Score categories, both for “Titanic.”