Posted: Jan 3, 2013 6:26 PM by Keli Moore, KSBY News
Updated: Jan 4, 2013 4:33 AM
"We are desperately looking for the details from the FAA and the examiner so that we can piece together what happened because it is such a tragic loss for us all," said Jolie Lucas, cofounder of Friends of Oceano Airport.
The Central Coast aviation community mourns the loss of Glen Philip Ray, 56, who was killed Wednesday in a plane crash on the Oceano Dunes.
"He just loved flying that airplane," said Lucas, who was describing Ray's Luscombe 8A, a two-seater vintage tail dragger.
"He was at Oceano a lot at Lompoc and Santa Maria. Just having good fun," said Lucas.
He soared above the Central Coast a few times per week and friends said his talent and passion were sky-high.
"He was an exquisite mechanic, a very skilled pilot. He had a great sense of humanity and wonderful sense of humor," said Lucas.
Lucas said Ray was father and a brother.
"What comes to mind is the ear to ear smile. A lover of life. Loved to help you and would do anything for you," said Lucas.
Friends and family are left with many unanswered questions about the crash, but there is no question about his legacy.
"Glen would tell us to remember him with a smile on our face and to keep flying and loving aviation. And we didn't want to lose him, but he went out doing what he loves to do and that's flying that plane," said Lucas.
People headed to Pismo Beach Thursday afternoon to pay their respects to Ray.
Two investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board were at the Oceano Dunes Thursday trying to figure out what caused the deadly crash, but no information has been released.
Ray was the only person onboard the aircraft when it went down.
The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office said he died as a result of sharp force trauma injuries.
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