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3 Dead in Single-Engine Plane Crash in Newport Beach
Three men bound for Torrance Airport died Sunday evening when their single-engine plane crashed into the water off Newport Beach, according to the Daily Breeze. The flight originated from Mexico, in a Beechcraft Muskateer registered to Palos Verdes Estates real estate agent Chuck Chambers; it is not confirmed if Chambers was on board.
Prior to going down in the water in the Back Bay area near Jamboree Road, the pilot radioed for help to the tower at nearby John Wayne Airport, reports ABC7. "We tried to help them by finding them a place to land but by that time unfortunately we lost communication and the last call was they were actually in the water," says Sgt. Steve Burdette of the Newport Beach Police Department. The pilot attempted to land on Newport Center Drive, which is under a mile from where the aircraft ultimately went down.
The FAA is investigating the crash. The names of the three men on board have not been released.