Former Game Show Host Was Participating In An Angel Flight
ANN REALTIME UPDATE 03.13.06 2215:
Two victims of Monday's crash of a Bonanza into Santa Monica Bay
have been identified by the Los Angeles Coroneer's
Peter Tomarken, 63, former host of the 1980s game show "Press
Your Luck," and his wife, Kathleen Abigail Tomarken, 41, died when
their Beech Bonanza impacted the water approximately 300 yards shy
of Santa Monica Beach.
CNN reports the plane was on its way to San Diego, to pick up a
medical patient and fly them back to UCLA Medical Center. Doug
Griffith, spokesman for nonprofit medical transport group Angel
Flight West, said Peter Tomarken was a volunteer for the group.
The search continues for a third person believed to be onboard
One witness described the final moments before the aircraft sunk
below the water's surface.
"It's a big splash, a huge splash, huge splash. Then it started
doing down," Luis Garr told the Associated Press. "The wings were
still floating so I was, `Get out! Get out!' because the door was
still available to get out and nobody came out. So the plane kept
going down, down, down."
A Beechcraft A36 Bonanza (file photo of type, below) went down
Monday morning in Santa Monica Bay, off the coast of California.
Preliminary reports of the accident indicate the aircraft suffered
apparent engine failure, and was trying to return to Santa Monica
Airport when the plane went down.
One person was killed in the accident, according to Coast Guard
spokesman Nathan Henise. Another person onboard was rescued, but
that person's condition is not yet known.
Rescuers are continuing their search for a third person who was
onboard the Bonanza. Rescuers are being assisted by lifeguards and
surfers who responded to the accident site, approximately 300 yards
off the beach and a half-mile southwest of Santa Monica Pier.
Weather does not appear to have been a factor in the accident.
Conditions this morning were reported as sunny, with 5 miles