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Friends say Santa Monica plane crash victim lived life on the edge


Friends believe that the second man aboard the plane that crashed Wednesday at Santa Monica Municipal Airport was Martin Schaedel, a business development consultant for the Web company www.farecompare.com.

Calls to the Los Angeles County coroner's office Thursday afternoon were not immediately returned. Megan O’Brien, who was hosting Schaedel at her apartment in West Hollywood during his visit to Southern California, said he never came home Wednesday night, and his parents confirmed that they were talking to the coroner.

"They feel helpless," O'Brien, 32, said. "They're all the way in Sweden. He was such a young guy." Schaedel's dress shirts, computer and jacket are still at O'Brien's apartment. The sweaters he washed the night before were still drying on the chairs in her dining room.

Photo: Firemen and NTSB officials look at a plane that crashed near the runway at the Santa Monica airport killing two people. Credit: Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times

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So sad. I remember meeting Martin at a conference in Boston a few years back and reconnecting with him at various other conferences throughout the years. Always a fun guy to have around, always willing to talk, and he always had great stories to tell. He will be missed.

Martin did not live on some crazy edge, he lived life without fear. accidents happen all the damn time, martin was not some irresponsible kid, he lived free and fearless. martin lives in my heart.
a friend

. I sure will miss the days we played floorball together during the last years when he visited his family in sweden. very mysterious person but full of surprises and always a new mind blowing story to tell.
We will definitely miss the action he brought into the things we went to do when he was around.

I first met Martin when he was 14 years old. We were attending an internet conference we had helped organize in London. I went over to introduce myself to Martin and began a conversation appropriate for the usual 14 year old boy. I quickly discovered he was anything but the average young teenager yet he seemed to enjoy being listened to as if he were. Martin very quickly impressed me with his ability to make my Nokia phone dance across a table while flashing its lights and the great internet saviness he already had. (This was when cell phones didn't do anything but work as phones!) I found him to be a very interesting and delightful person. It is fair to say I was awe struck. I found it hard to believe that anyone 14 years old had done all he had done by that time.

Throughout the following years, I saw Martin at several other internet conferences and he always seemed delighted to see me. I know I was certainly delighted to see him. Many times, he was only passing through to say hello to some old friends in our internet group but he would take the time to look me up or at least tell someone to let me know he was looking for me.

I will always remember Martin as someone very special and uplifting in my life.


will miss martin, he would always stay with us in california beacuse he hated hotels so much - but he was funny and amazingly smart. RIP

Just wanted to say, "rest in peace" Had a lot of great times with you. You're an amazing person...and I will frequently think about you.

used to work with Martin at a previous role, he lived life to the full and in the fast lane and too young to die.

My wishes goes to his family who he would talk about all the time while working together

I had met Martin in Delhi in 2006, and was really impressed with his energy and enthisuaism. We had interacted quite a bit after that.

I am shocked to hear that he is no more. May him rest in peace.

I am shocked. I met Martin in Copenhagen in July 2006 working on Zecco. What a unique individual. Wicked smart, with unbounded curiousity. A typical conversation would involve Martin simultaneously asking questions and searching Google for every fact you put forward to either confirm it or add context. I will sorely miss him. I'm sure there are literally thousands of people all over the world who lives will be less rich without him in it.

I met Martin a few years ago through business and immediately liked him. He was incredibly bright, witty, curious about the world around him and engaged with it. He had a great knack for startup opportunities. He accomplished so much in such a short period of time, and i always enjoyed seeing him and hearing from him. this is a loss for us all, for people like Martin in our world are far too few and far between.

may he rest in peace

I didnt know these two wonderful people, but I was there the day of this fatal crash, and myself along with a few others did our best to rescue them at that ill fated moment from the time the chain of moments took place, and it has affected my life so much not by the injuries caused to myself when trying to save them, but what the end result of the events of that fatal and sad day. This is something I will remember for the rest of my life and will never forget. My condolences go out to both families and in a way i feel allot of pain myself, which i cannot describe or explain to anyone. May you both rest in peace.

The headline "Friends say Santa Monica plane crash victim lived life on the edge", was about Paulo not the other person in the crash. It was not about doing crazy things but more of an attitude, a way of looking at life and doing something better.

God rest his soul.

I met him only one time. That was the 1st time he visited Saigon and also the last :( ! Having a quick coffee with him at night, before he went to another country. How wonderful the time was! He was a very very nice guy.

When counting down to new year 2009, I also called him to say "happy new year". And now I can't believe when hearing this so sad story :(!

He was the most successful person that I've ever met and talked to. He was also very attractive, a really fun guy and I loved his smile and his eyes :( !

Just want to say RIP!

We love you!

Mini Sven, as we used to call him at Panlogic was a dude!

He lived on burger king and coca cola and never put on weight, was a great table football player, could chat the hind legs off a donkey and was full of life.

Rest in peace Martin you lived it!



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