VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. - A preliminary report released this week provides details into why James Horner's plane crashed in June.
NTSB officials said that Horner was in contact with air traffic control while flying over remote area of the Los Padres National Forest. Then, around 9:25 a.m., Horner's plane disappeared from radar.
Radar reviewed by NTSB investigators revealed that the aircraft had done multiple turns, and displayed rapid changes in altitude and airspeed prior to the crash.
"The airplane was destroyed by high impact forces and a post-impact fire," says the report.
A witness saw Horner's plane flying over his house just before the crash and said that the plane sounded different than other planes, but didn't sound like anything was wrong.
The 61-year-old music composer was killed when his plane crashed and burned in a creek bed about 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
The death has been ruled as an accident. Horner was nominated for 10 academy awards and won two for "Titanic."
Click this link for a full report: http://ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20150622X64755&key=1