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3 men drowned after plane crashed in Back Bay

November 23, 2010 | 11:56 pm

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

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