Half Moon Bay plane crash: Coroner confirms pilot’s body was recovered

HALF MOON BAY — The body of a pilot from a plane crash last month that killed two young Bay Area couples has been recovered and formally identified, according to the San Mateo County Coroner’s Office.

The body of Lochie Ferrier, 27, an Oakland resident who hailed from Australia and relocated from New England in the past year, was spotted floating near Ross’ Cove in Moss Beach the morning of Jan. 28, the coroner’s office said.

Coroner officials announced Monday that the remains had been formally identified as Ferrier through DNA comparison. Ferrier was found four days after the body of his fiancée, 26-year-old Cassidy Rae Petit, was found near the same location on Jan. 24.

The couple lived in Oakland after moving from Burlington, Vermont; tragically, their wedding in Hawaii was set for the same day that Ferrier’s body was recovered. The day instead hosted scheduled memorials for the two in the Burlington area.

The morning after the crash, the body of 27-year-old San Francisco resident Emma Willmer-Shiles was recovered in the waters after being spotted by a commercial fishing crew. The remains of the fourth and final plane passenger — Isaac Zimmern, 27, also a San Francisco resident and Willmer-Shiles’ longtime partner — have not been found.

Ferrier’s LinkedIn page states that he attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology and worked extensively testing electric planes. He was a test pilot as recently as last fall with Magpie Aviation based in Hayward, which is where the ill-fated flight originally departed before taking off again from Half Moon Bay.

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