Image via WikipediaBy Randy Economy
November 22, 2010
UPDATED AT 2:52 p.m.
THE Federal Aviation Administration is now launching a formal investigation into what caused this crash that claimed the lives of Chuck Chambers, Russell Urban, and Sean Kelly.
I would like to extend my thoughts and Prayers to those who knew these three men. If you have a special thought or memory, please feel free to share it here with our community.
I have lost many friends in the past due to these type of plane accidents, including my longtime friend Peter Tomarken and his wife Kathleen to whom I work with at Sony's Television's Game Show Network back in the 1990's. The Tomarken's were killed when their Beechcraft Bonanza A36, N16JR, crashed a few hundred feet off shore in Santa Monica Bay during climb-out from the Santa Monica Airport in California on the morning of March 13, 2006. These planes are normally pretty safe. So sad.
Newport Beach, CA
Monday, November 22, at Noon
|Photo of Chuck Chambers.|
The two others who died are Russell Urban (date of birth listed as May 24, 1947) and Sean Kelly, of Hermosa Beach, (date of birth listed as March 1, 1966.
One of Chuck's longtime friends is Jim McMahon, a Realtor here in Cerritos. Jim dropped me a note a couple of minutes ago sharing his fond memories of Chuck back in the 1970's when they sold real estate together.
"I remember doing countless of Open Houses with Chuck Chambers and myself and seeing him on Billboards on Hawthorne Blvd, above Hillside Village Center. We were both just starting our careers back then," Jim McMahon told me.
"Chuck and I were around the same age. If I recall, the last Open House we had was over on Rocky Point, a one story ranch, that was painted yellow, in Lunada Bay in Palos Verdes Estate. I will miss Chuck," Jim told me.
Mr. Chambers was an "icon" in the South Bay business community. He was a member of several real estate associations.
His popular home web site www.ChuckChambers.com was a constant "tool" for people interested in the latest tips on how to buy and sell properties.
Here is an official statement from the Newport Beach Police Department.
NEWPORT BEACH, CA – On Sunday, November 21, 2010 at 5:46 pm, Newport Beach firefighters responded to a plane crash in the Back Bay of Newport Beach. Three individuals are confirmed dead in this incident.
At 5:46pm firefighters received a call to the Back Bay area, off of Back Bay Drive and San Joaquin Hills Road, to a plane down. Just before the call came in, a firefighter observed a small plane in distress flying approximately 50 feet over the Fashion Island Fire Station. Firefighters quickly responded to the area and found a small single engine plane upside down in the Back Bay. Firefighters and police officers immediately jumped into the muddy water in an attempt to rescue any individuals on the plane. They found three individuals aboard the plane, who were sadly deceased. The identity of these individuals is still unknown and will be determined by the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Department.
Numerous fire apparatus responded to this incident with twenty-five firefighters from Newport Beach and Orange County Fire Authority as well as Newport Beach Police Officers.
The cause of the plane crash is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.
If you have a thought, or a special memory of Chuck, Russell or Sean, please feel free to post them in my comment section. My HEART and PRAYERS are with all those who knew them, and loved them the most in life!