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    A very sad day at Airliners.net

    From one of several forums at Airliners.net

    It is with deep regret that we announce that the head of the site, Paulo Emanuele, was killed in a plane crash here in Santa Monica just a short while ago.

    From an executive at DM:

    " ... Dear Airliners Crew,

    It is will the deepest sorrow that I let know Paulo died this evening in a tragic plane crash. His plane took off out of Santa Monica Airport at 5:00 PM and lost power. Paulo attempted to return to the airport, but the plane crashed on the runway. This is all we know at this time, as I hear more I will let you all know. I know many of you were dear friends with Paulo.
    Paulo loved Airliners and everything it stood for.

    Paulo was an amazing Pilot, an amazing photographer, an amazing friend, and an amazing father.

    He will be deeply missed ... "


    We are truly in shock.

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    I was at SMO when the crash happened and had the horrific experience of witnessing the Marchetti stall and plummet into the ground. We rushed over to the crash site to see if we could help but it was apparent as soon as we arrived that there was nothing we could do.

    I knew Paulo, in passing, for several years and found him to be an extremely nice guy. He owned a nightclub in Santa Monica and one night about two years ago I went over there with a friend to meet some other friends for a birthday party. When we arrived we found a line wrapping around the block and it was quite obvious that we would probably not make it inside and would miss our friends party. The friend I was with (who also knew Paulo) decided to give him a call to see if he was inside and could help us get in. I of course thought this was a bad idea as it was about midnight and I assumed that he wasn’t there and would not appreciate getting a call from two dudes he barely knew asking him to "pull strings". Well Paulo wasn't there but he told us he would call the manager on duty and that we should go to the front and give our names. We went up and sure enough were let right in but then before we even has a chance to wish the birthday girl a happy b-day he arranged for our group to have a seating area and free drinks throughout the night. Neither my friend nor I knew him all that well but he still made that extra effort. I know this is just an insignificant story but I just thought it might show in some small way what kind of...mench he was.

    I know that many weren't happy with that changes to a-net, etc that Demand Media enacted but Paulo as a man was a class act and he will be missed. Ok, hope I didn't bore anyone with my story and if I did, I’m sorry. My thoughts are with his family and friends.

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    My condolences. This is horrible!
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    Re: A very sad day at Airliners.net

    A very sad time.

    I had never met him and only spoken to him by email a bit. I knew little about the man personally, but Andrew's story tells us that a man of great character was lost.

    :(
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    Re: A very sad day at Airliners.net

    please see

    www.airliners.net. THe home page is a memorial this morning.
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    That is a video of Paulo flying a Yak-52. I believe it was taken from the very aircraft that crashed.
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    Very sad day, RIP and my condolences to any family members.

    Also, that was a very classy memorial on behalf of airliners.net, very impressed...
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    Quote Originally Posted by PizzaPolli
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    I know that many weren't happy with that changes to a-net, etc that Demand Media enacted but Paulo as a man was a class act and he will be missed. Ok, hope I didn't bore anyone with my story and if I did, I’m sorry. My thoughts are with his family and friends.

    -Andrew
    Andrew

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    Ive never joined airliners.net, but its extremely sad to hear this news my heart goes out to his family, may he RIP and god bless his family. Im about to take a look at the memorial on Airliners.net
    Sergio has been a huge Delta Air Lines fan since 1992!!

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    Re: A very sad day at Airliners.net

    Very sad day! The hobby has lost a great man by all accounts! Prayers go to his family.
    Mark Lawrence - KFLL
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    I met Paulo and had several good chats with him about aviation, photography and airliners.net at the Reno Air Races in 2007. He came across as a genuinely nice guy with a passion for aviation, flying and photography including video. Its very sad news, and as I'm a GA pilot with a share in an aeroplane it reminds me of our own mortality.

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    Re: A very sad day at Airliners.net

    Very sad, I wish his friends and family well in this difficult time.
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    Aw man, this is very sad news. My deepest condolences goes out to his family and friends.
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    Re: A very sad day at Airliners.net

    Sad loss when something like this happens. Just reminds us all that every flight could be our last and not to take anything for granted....

    Any reports on what caused the crash? I'm not familiar with the Marchetti fuel system, but I've got a friend who has a Marchetti who thinks the engine may have quit shortly after takeoff due to a lack of fuel. He says if you fill the wing pods on the wingtip and not the tanks in the wings, and then don't open a valve which allows that fuel to feed into the wing tanks into the engine, the engine will get starved and quit. Hopefully this was not the case...

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    RIP and condolences to his family.
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