12 Sep 2009

Bobcats co-owner killed in small plane crash

11:49 am on 12 September 2009

William "Skipper" Beck, a co-owner of the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats, has died in a single-engine plane crash.

The York County coroner and the Federal Aviation Administration said Beck was the only person aboard the craft when it crashed at an airport in South Carolina


Witnesses said the plane returned shortly after taking off, but crashed upon landing.

Beck's death occurred on the same day that NBA icon Michael Jordan, who is a minority-owner and managing member of basketball operations for the Bobcats, was to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in Massachusetts.