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Apr 9, 2010 11:40 PM by Ariel Wesler

Local veterinarian reportedly killed in San Diego County plane crash

A 58-year old Santa Ynez man believe to have died in a San Diego plane crash yesterday was a successful equine veterinarian. Friends say he pioneered shockwave therapy for horses.

Sheriff's investigators say Van Snow's plane went down Thursday afternoon near the airport in Borrego Springs.

The NBC station in bakersfield, KGET, tells us Snow was piloting the plane when it went down. They spoke with Snow's sister, who says he had been racing his plane, "The Rocket", for about a year.

Gayle Snow Stevens says he always knew there was a chance an accident could happen. "He said, 'If I die doing this, I will die happy because I would be doing something I love,'" said Gayle.

Gayle says her brother grew up in Bakersfield before moving to Santa Ynez.

The coroner has not determined whether the man in the crash is in fact Snow, but family members are sure the investigation will confirm his death.

We'll have more details on Snow's life tonight on KSBY News at 6.

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