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ko8e24
09-11-2009, 02:44 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4465181

ROCK HILL, S.C. -- A North Carolina businessman who was a co-owner of the Charlotte Bobcats has died in a single-engine plane crash.

Authorities say 49-year-old William "Skipper" Beck of Charlotte, N.C., died in the crash around 7:15 a.m. Friday at a local airport in South Carolina just across the state line from Charlotte.

The York County coroner and the Federal Aviation Administration say Beck was the only person aboard the Cirrus SR22.

Witnesses say the plane returned shortly after takeoff but crashed as it tried to land and caught fire.

An Internet flight tracking site says the plane flew from New Jersey to Rock Hill on Wednesday.

Bobcats owner Robert L. Johnson issued a statement saying that Beck was instrumental in bringing the NBA team to the area.

R.I.P Skipper

North Yorker
09-11-2009, 02:51 PM
this is sad.

r.i.p.

JordansBulls
09-11-2009, 02:53 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4465181

ROCK HILL, S.C. -- A North Carolina businessman who was a co-owner of the Charlotte Bobcats has died in a single-engine plane crash.

Authorities say 49-year-old William "Skipper" Beck of Charlotte, N.C., died in the crash around 7:15 a.m. Friday at a local airport in South Carolina just across the state line from Charlotte.

The York County coroner and the Federal Aviation Administration say Beck was the only person aboard the Cirrus SR22.

Witnesses say the plane returned shortly after takeoff but crashed as it tried to land and caught fire.

An Internet flight tracking site says the plane flew from New Jersey to Rock Hill on Wednesday.

Bobcats owner Robert L. Johnson issued a statement saying that Beck was instrumental in bringing the NBA team to the area.

R.I.P Skipper

This is sad news and what is even sadder is that it happened on 09/11 and involved a plane.

Carey
09-11-2009, 02:56 PM
Rip

ko8e24
09-11-2009, 03:03 PM
This is sad news and what is even sadder is that it happened on 09/11 and involved a plane.

oh i kno man, this is just plain sad. My condolences to his family as well as the Charlotte Bobcats players, staff, and organization.

Pierzynski4Prez
09-11-2009, 03:07 PM
this is very tragic. Does anyone know how much ownership he controlled of the team, and what will happen with that?

Chateamsfan
09-11-2009, 03:31 PM
Oh man. This is crazy and on 9/11 :(

DerekRE_3
09-11-2009, 03:33 PM
Rip

J-Relo
09-11-2009, 03:47 PM
Rip

Niro
09-11-2009, 04:23 PM
RiP :(

Jay22Redd
09-11-2009, 04:44 PM
RIP Skipper

td0tsfinest
09-11-2009, 04:47 PM
wow thats terribly sad

JetsBlitz
09-11-2009, 04:49 PM
Rip

Raps18-19 Champ
09-11-2009, 04:51 PM
That sucks. And things were looking up for the Bobcats.

theimortalone
09-11-2009, 05:19 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4465181

ROCK HILL, S.C. -- A North Carolina businessman who was a co-owner of the Charlotte Bobcats has died in a single-engine plane crash.

Authorities say 49-year-old William "Skipper" Beck of Charlotte, N.C., died in the crash around 7:15 a.m. Friday at a local airport in South Carolina just across the state line from Charlotte.

The York County coroner and the Federal Aviation Administration say Beck was the only person aboard the Cirrus SR22.

Witnesses say the plane returned shortly after takeoff but crashed as it tried to land and caught fire.

An Internet flight tracking site says the plane flew from New Jersey to Rock Hill on Wednesday.

Bobcats owner Robert L. Johnson issued a statement saying that Beck was instrumental in bringing the NBA team to the area.

R.I.P Skipper

Wow, that is way sad! RIP. :sigh:

Vinny642
09-11-2009, 05:37 PM
Damn sucks RIP

Chronz
09-11-2009, 06:31 PM
Classic MJ

LakePackYank
09-11-2009, 07:03 PM
Wow this is terrible. and it happened on 9/11. :(

RIP and wish the best for his family. (damn only 49 years old)

But u know i got a question, how tragic would this be to basketball, (note to basketball) if MJ was on that plane and he died instead?

zambo4president
09-11-2009, 07:07 PM
Damn thats too bad.

op12
09-11-2009, 11:57 PM
rip

fairandbalanced
09-11-2009, 11:59 PM
Rip

29$JerZ
09-11-2009, 11:59 PM
:(

So sad and tragic

Westbrook36
09-12-2009, 12:07 AM
R.I.P

All you can say

mrmike101
09-12-2009, 12:40 AM
Wow this is terrible. and it happened on 9/11. :(

RIP and wish the best for his family. (damn only 49 years old)

But u know i got a question, how tragic would this be to basketball, (note to basketball) if MJ was on that plane and he died instead?

What kind of nonsense is? Why would any one want to think about what if MJ died, you my good sir are "gutter trash".

Chateamsfan
09-12-2009, 01:08 AM
Thanks to all bobcats and non-bobcats fans for the condolences.

Kakaroach
09-12-2009, 10:33 AM
R.I.P.

And on 9/11 too.

jj24
09-12-2009, 12:42 PM
Hopefully the bobcats can get over that hump this season for Skipper. They're on the rise and i think this year, they'll finally make that jump to the playoffs. Rest in peace skip