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

January 29, 2009 |  6:09 pm


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