LLANO, Calif. — A pilot who died in a small plane crash in the desert northeast of Los Angeles was giving free glider rides to wounded military veterans.

Sixty-seven-year-old Channing Morse of San Diego died Thursday when his small plane crashed in a field in Llano in the Antelope Valley. The area is near a glider flight training school.

His sister says Morse was volunteering to help veterans and his tow plane had just released a glider when the Piper PA-25 crashed.

Morse was an experimental test pilot and U.S. Air Force Academy graduate.

He's survived by his wife, a daughter and a grandchild.

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