Pedroza has been identified as the aircraft’s owner and pilot.
As CBS reports, the 28-year-old checked in with air traffic control minutes before the plane crashed.
When asked “Are you experiencing any difficulty?” by an air traffic controller, Pedroza replied: “Uh, we’re good, we’re just a training lesson.”
Tributes have poured in for the six passengers, with Coogan’s mother Stacey describing her as a “bright light”.
“She’s been such a great child to have,” she told the Press Democrat. “I mean, she’s my first, and her middle name is Sunshine, and she has proven that name because any room she walks into, she smiles and brightens the whole room. I’m going to miss her so much.”