As it has now been confirmed that the 2nd person who perished in the tragic SMO crash is a 23 year old swede.
The Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet have now posted an article about his life, and what happened in Santa Monica that week.
The article is only available in Swedish, but I'll translate if for you guys.
He lived everywhere - and nowhere
When Martin Schadel left Sweden as a 16 year old, the world was this young IT-consulant's home. Till his journey ended on a red airplane in Santa Monica, CA
The accident occurred at 17.05 this Wednesday. The single engine Marchetti SF-260, had just lifted off from the Santa Monica airport, Los Angeles, when something suddenly turned wrong. According to eyewitnesses, a bang was heard from the plane, before it came crashing down to the runway. The explosion was huge, and the two people on board were killed immediately.
The pilot's name was Paulo Emanuele, general manager of the aviation enthusiast website airliners.net. The young man seated next to him was Martin Schaedel, 23, from Lund, Sweden.
- Martin had just began taking flying lessons, and he loved it. Says his friend Michiel de Boer, 40.
"Please Martin, take it cool"
The 23 year old IT-consulant was a real adventurer, according to his friends and family
- He did everything. He was so curious. He traveled the world, jumped bungyjump, - everything, says his mother, Charlotta Schaedel, 50.
The last time i met him was this Christmas, when he came was home. I told him "Martin, cant you be a bit more cool?" But he only looked at me and said "But, mum, I'm having such a darn good time"
Martin wasn't like the other children. Something his mother became aware of, at a very early stage. When he was 16, he moved away from home, and began living on his own. By being a social genius, and extremely good in the IT business, Martin managed to get jobs in London, Shanghai, Tokyo, and USA.
And wherever he moved in the world, he always lived with his Friends.
Told his friend not to worry
- Every time he worked in San Fransisco, he lived with me. He also told me that when he won't be able to live with friends, he would stop traveling. Even though he could afford to spend the night at any hotel in town. He loved meeting new people, and his group of contacts was the greatest thing a 23 year old could have, says Michiel de Boer.
Every time he was in town, he introduced me to ten new people who were good to know. He was incredibly generous, he made me feel like a king, and so did everyone else in his presence.
Michael Schaedel traveled to Los Angeles, to learn how to fly. He had his first lesson this Sunday. And he had his second, and final one this Wednesday.
- He told me not to worry about him, says his friend Megan O'brien, 32, who Michael lived with during his stay in Los Angeles, to LA Times.
- And he told me a couple of days ago that "If i die in a violent crash, I will at least die when doing something i love". And now when i know this happened it feels pretty obvious that it was going to end up this way
The accident is now investigated by American authorities, and Michael's family are planning to fly to LA in the near by days.
- At the moment we're too devastated about what's happened, but we want to go there to say goodbye to him where it all happened, says Charlotta Schaedel
It's very sad to see such a successful young man die so suddenly, and the death of Paulo was still the most devastating thing of them all
Rest in peace Paulo and Michael.
May God be on your side.