Michael Hill, who was director of business operations at the National Test Pilot School at the Mojave Air and Space Port, was killed on Friday along with student pilot Ilam Zigante in the crash of a two-seat, single-engine aircraft.
Media reports indicate the aircraft went down on Friday at 10:13 a.m. PDT about three miles northwest of Randsburg. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating the crash.
Hill, 68, of San Diego, was an instructor at the school and a former Navy test pilot. Zigante, 27, lived in Lancaster.
Hill had been a candidate for one of two short-term seats on the Mojave Air and Space Port Board of Directors. Incumbents JoAnn Painter and David Evans are also on the ballot for the two positions.
My deepest sympathies to the families, friend and colleagues of Hill and Zigante.