News Story


Plane Crash Kills Two Near Moorpark
6/5/2017 12:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Plane Crash Kills Two Near Moorpark

Report Number:



2600 block of Marvella Drive, Santa Rosa Valley

Date & Time:

June 4, 2017, 3:30 p.m.

Unit Responsible:

Ventura County Sheriff's Office, Ventura County Fire Department, Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board, Southern California Edison

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent

City of Residence


(D) Harlan, James

(D) Harlan, Dylan







A 57-year-old man and his 15-year-old son died Sunday afternoon when their single engine airplane crashed near a ranch just south of the city of Moorpark in the Santa Rosa Valley.


James Harlan and his son, Dylan, were pronounced dead at the scene. Witnesses described seeing the plane flying just above treetops in the area before it went down in a horse arena. Nobody on the ground was injured, and the arena was empty at the time of the crash.


The cause of the crash is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration. There are several high-voltage power lines next to the crash site, and emergency personnel were concerned that the aircraft may have struck the power lines. Crews from Southern California Edison responded to the scene and inspected the lines. They found evidence that the plane had hit one of the lines, but it was still intact. The pair had flown from Camarillo Airport earlier Sunday.


Deputy Preparing Media Release:

Sgt. Eric Buschow

Media Release Date:

June 5, 2017

Follow-Up Contact:

Sgt. Eric Buschow (805)947-8129

Approved by:

Captain Garo Kuredjian