3 men drowned after plane crashed in Back Bay
Orange County coroner's officials reported Tuesday that three people who died after their single-engine plane crashed in Newport Beach's Back Bay drowned.
Charles Chambers, 58, of Redondo Beach; Sean Kelly, 44, of Hermosa Beach; and Russell Urban, 63, of Rancho Palos Verdes were killed Sunday evening when their four-seat, 1968 Beechcraft Musketeer landed upside-down in the nature preserve's mud flats.
The men were flying to the Torrance airport from Mexico, where they had been surfing.
About 5:45 p.m. Sunday, Chambers, a 30-year pilot, called John Wayne Airport's control tower asking to land, saying that his plane was low on fuel.
The Daily Pilot has more details.
-- Joseph Serna