James Horner, his name may not mean too much to you, but he was nevertheless one of the most famous film music composers. It was he who wrote the Titanic background music. Those to Apollo 13, Braveheart, Avatar, and The Amazing Spider-man, were also penned by him. The composer died on 22 June, when his private plane, a two-seater S-312 Tucano, similar to this one, crashed. The accident happened forty kilometres (25 miles) north of Santa Barbara, California. James Horner was not only a talented composer, but also an avid pilot, passionate about flying.
During his childhood he attended many air shows. Later, he obtained his private pilot's license, and experienced the thrills of being an aerobatic pilot thanks to the American aerobatic team, "The Flying Horsemen". Sitting in the rear of one of their P-51 Mustangs, taught him about discipline. In return, James Horner composed a 12-minute musical score (Write your soul) for them, in 2010, transforming their aerial choreography into a sublime musical metaphor. James Horner (in a 2010 interview): ‘‘ it’s the first time I really feel like I’ve carried my weight - that I’ve contributed something important to the group, that perhaps nobody else could’ve. At the same time they’ve taken me under their wings, and are teaching me aerobatics, and are teaching me flying, and, as I get better at that, there’s hope that one day I’ll be flying t’the same piece that I wrote.’’
Was the cause of the crash due to a mechanical problem, human error, was he taken ill? At this early stage it is unknown, but a US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation has been opened. James Horner was 61 years old, and leaves a wife and two daughters behind.