HARONIAN, Edmond

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Edmond Haronian, Memorial Day Weekend,
Santa Airport-in-the-Sky, Catalina Island


HARONIAN, Edmond (c. 1966-2016), novice pilot who disappeared with his flight instructor, Jason Glazier, after departing Airport-in-the-Sky on Santa Catalina Island on Saturday, May 28, 2016 in a rented Cessna 172 out of Van Nuys airport. Haronian originally from Iran, was a Woodland Hills insurance broker with Haronian Insurance Services. He was 50 years old, divorced with two children. Instructor Jason Glazier was 52.



In the News~

May 30, 2016 [LAT]: “A search is on for two San Fernando Valley men who went missing on a weekend trip to Catalina Island. Jason Glazier, 52, of Encino and Edmond Haronian, 50, of Woodland Hills flew from Van Nuys to Catalina Island Saturday morning. They took off on the return leg of their trip about 1 p.m. Saturday and haven’t been heard from since. “He’s not the type to just not respond. He’d find a way to let us know where he is,” said Jonathan Haronian, the missing man’s son. Haronian is an insurance broker. His family said he’s been taking flying lessons for a year. He couldn’t fly on his own over water, so Glazier, his instructor, went with him. According Haronian’s family, there’s been no activity on his cellphones or credit cards since Saturday. The LA County Sheriff’s Department and the Coast Guard have been searching by helicopter for the men and the plane.”


May 31, 2016 [LAT]: “A search is underway for a student pilot and his flight instructor after their small plane disappeared over the coast of Catalina Island during the Memorial Day weekend. Edmond Haronian, 50, of Woodland Hills and his instructor, Jason Glazier, 52, of Encino have been missing since Saturday when their single-engine Cessna 172 never landed at its intended destination. The aircraft departed Catalina Island Airport on Saturday afternoon, but failed to arrive on time at Van Nuys Airport, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said. The FAA alerted authorities that the plane was overdue,” he said. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department are searching for the missing aircraft. The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search late Monday after it said “no signs of any aircraft or anyone in distress” were found. Haronian’s family commissioned three helicopters to help rescuers search for the aircraft during the weekend. At least one helicopters was aiding in Tuesday’s search. Just hours before the two men disappeared, a smiling Haronian posted several photographs on Facebook showing him with the aircraft. “We have no clue where he is,” his brother, Edwin Haronian, said. “The plane has not been found.” He had been flying for about a year at the Van Nuys-based Encore Flight Academy. Haronian had exchanged a few text messages the day he disappeared, but has not been heard from since, his brother said. Haronian was recently featured in a Times story about the role of insurance agents in California’s Obamacare enrollment. Haronian was recognized as a top producer in enrolling people in Obamacare. He told The Times he enrolled more than 1,000 people in the program.”


June 1, 2016 [VAN NUYS (CBSLA.com): “Dozens of friends and family of a student pilot who went missing over the weekend packed a Calabasas temple to pray for his safe return. Edmond Haronian, a Woodland Hills insurance broker, went missing Saturday after he and his instructor flew to Catalina Island. “We still haven’t given up hope,” said Rose Haronian, his ex-wife. “That’s why we are here, to pray for him. Pictures on Facebook show that Haronian arrived and his family says witnesses saw them take off again, but they never returned to Van Nuys Airport. So far, searches by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Coast Guard, and private searches have turned up nothing. Haronian’s son says they need answers and closure. “Something that we can work off of because right now, it’s unbelievable that a plane just goes missing in thin air,” said Eddie Bardi, his son. A representative from the flight school, Encore Flight Academy, says there was no distress call. They’ve also sent out search teams and found nothing. The school says the instructor, Jason Glazier, has 30 years of experience and the plane was in excellent condition. Haronian’s family says they’ll keep searching until they know what happened.”


June 2, 2016 [mynewsla.com]: “Missing plane mystery: What happened to Cessna flying to Van Nuys? The mystery deepened Thursday into what happened to a student pilot and his flight instructor after their single-engine Cessna 172 airplane disappeared over the coast of Catalina Island on a flight to Van Nuys Airport on Saturday. The U.S. Coast Guard Search suspended its search at 8 p.m. Monday after more than 16 hours of searching, according to U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Third Class Loumania Stewart. Stewart said the search could be resumed if there was any sign of evidence of the airplane’s possible whereabouts, but as of early Thursday afternoon the search remained suspended. The Coast Guard was notified about 5:30 a.m. Monday that the plane had gone missing, Stewart said. “An HC-130 aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento and an MH-65 aircrew from Forward Operating Base Pt. Mugu were launched,” she said “Based on information passed to the Coast Guard, crews saturated their search efforts around the island of Catalina spanning more than 1,400 square miles for the Cessna-type aircraft and its crew.” With no signs of any aircraft or anyone in distress, the search was suspended, she said. According to the Los Angeles Times, the two people aboard the aircraft were student pilot Edmond Haronian, 50, of Woodland Hills, and his instructor, Jason Glazier, 52, of Encino. Haronian was taking flying lessons for about a year at the Van Nuys-based Encore Flight Academy.”


June 5, 2016 [losangeles.cbslocal.com]: “BEVERLY HILLS (CBSLA.com) — A large reward was offered Friday night in the mysterious disappearance of a student pilot who went missing a week ago tomorrow. The mystery continues into what happened to a student pilot and his flight instructor after their single-engine Cessna 172 airplane disappeared over the coast of Catalina Island on a flight to Van Nuys Airport. The U.S. Coast Guard Search suspended its search at 8 p.m. Monday after more than 16 hours of searching, according to the Coast Guard. Jason Glazier, 52, of Encino, and student pilot Edmond Haronian, 50, of Woodland Hills, flew from Van Nuys Airport to Catalina Island around 1:00 p.m. Saturday, according to the sheriff’s department. Authorities confirmed the men did not file a flight plan before starting their journey. KCAL9’s Rachel Kim attended the news conference where family and friends of the missing student pilot held out hope he would be found. If Haronian is found alive, the reward offered was for $250,000. If information leads to a body, the reward would be $150,000. Either way, loved ones hope the cash incentive will perhaps jog something in someone in the public that can help them in the search. Haronian’s family said they had all but given up hope but a possible sighting — being investigated by police — has given them renewed hope. Haronian, an insurance broker from Woodland Hills, was shown in pictures on Facebook having landed on Catalina. But he and the pilot never made it back to Van Nuys. So far searches by the Coast Guard, Sheriff’s Department and private searches have turned up nothing. Officials are puzzled. There was no distress call and the pilot has 30 years experience. The plane was also in excellent condition. Because no wreckage has been found, Haronian’s family said they are hoping he is still alive. “We are asking the public to please help us look for his body,” said family friend Katy Younesi, “[But] hopefully alive. But any information leading — you don’t have to go get Edmond for us — but any information you have, give it to us.” “I love him very much, I miss him, I wish I had spent more time with him when I could and I hope he comes back so I can keep spending time with him,” said the missing man’s brother, Edwin Haronian. Anyone with information is asked to call LAPD.”


January 5, 2018 [Press Telegram]: “The family of a Woodland Hills man who was flying a plane that vanished departing Catalina Island in May 2016 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the flight school that employed his instructor, who also was on board. The 11-page complaint filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court alleges Encore Flight Academy in Van Nuys is negligent for Edmond Haronian’s presumed death because Jason Glazier was known to fly recklessly and had a criminal record that should have barred him from employment. Haronian, a 50-year-old insurance agent and father who was almost done obtaining his private pilot’s license, posted pictures on Facebook minutes before taking off from Catalina Airport on the afternoon of May 28, 2016. The single-engine Cessna 172 never made it back to Van Nuys Airport. Despite an exhaustive search by the U.S. Coast Guard, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and a private helicopter hired by Haronian’s family, the wreckage was never found. A few weeks later, Haronian’s family offered a $250,000 reward for information leading to his return. He was since declared legally dead, according to Kevin Boyle, an attorney representing two of Haronian’s sons and a stepson. They are suing the Encore Flight Academy and Libra Air Inc., which owned the plane. For some reason, Glazier, a 52-year-old Encino resident, has not been declared dead and is still considered missing, Boyle said. According to the lawsuit, the plane’s transponder was not turned on before take-off, so no altitude information exists. But radar data reviewed by the National Transportation Safety Board showed the plane made it five miles north of Avalon three minutes into the flight. The track ends over open water, where an oil slick was seen, the suit states. According to the lawsuit, Encore Flight Academy officials failed to report that Haronian and Glazier did not return from the lesson and have not cooperated with NTSB investigators.”