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Veterinarian from Santa Barbara County dies in Borrego Springs plane crash

April 9, 2010 |  7:20 pm

A prominent veterinarian and horse-farm owner from Santa Barbara County died when the experimental airplane he was piloting crashed near Borrego Springs, the San Diego County medical examiner announced Friday.

Vandell Ellis Snow, 58, was practicing for this weekend's Borrego Hammerhead Roundup air show when his plane crashed Thursday afternoon. He radioed a friend on the ground that the stick had broken, sending the plane into a nosedive, according to the medical examiner.

Snow, who was killed instantly, was one of the owners of the Santa Ynez Farm, a horse-breeding facility. He was alone in the plane.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego