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Melrose Native Killed in California Plane Crash

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MELROSE – A Melrose native has been killed in a plane crash in California.  Twenty-four-year-old David Ostendorf died in the crash near the Monterey Airport on Sunday.

His father, Gary Ostendorf, tells WJON News his son was an air traffic controller at that airport.  He met a man with a stunt plane and asked for a ride.  The pilot, a 32-year-old man from Yuma, Arizona was also killed.  Witnesses say they saw the plane doing aerobatic rolling maneuvers just before it fell out of the sky.

Ostendorf was a 2006 graduate of Melrose High School, and a 2010 graduate of St. Cloud State University.

His funeral arrangements are pending with the Patton Schad Funeral Home in Melrose.

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