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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


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I watched it go down

They ran out of fuel. Not the sort of mistake you make unless you're truly careless. Poor planning and lack of common sense cost them their lives. Sorry for the lack of compassion, but these types of n00b mistakes give general aviation a bad rap.


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