Beloved Newport Businessman Identified as Crash Victim, Paddleout Planned for Saturday

Three days ago, a helicopter crashed in Newport Beach, killing three people including Kimberly Lynne Watzman, 45, of Santa Monica Brian Reichelt, 56, of Hollywood, FL, and Joseph “Pepe” Anthony Tena, 60,  of Newport Beach.  Another passenger and a citizen on the ground were also injured and remain in the hospital.

Spitzer Helicopter Leasing, said they leased the R44 to Revolution Aviation, a touring company and flight school out of John Wayne Airport.  Revolution has consistently rented from the company for a long time, but this was simply a private flight.

The popular Robinson-44 was made in 2003 by the Robinson Helicopter Co, which is based out of Torrance, CA.

Pepe Tena was born in Huelva, Spain, and according to the Daily Pilot, he “first came to Southern California in 1975 to attend Pepperdine University. He later immigrated to the area to raise his four daughters“, who he is survived by: Gabriela, Marta, Alejandra and Carlota.  He is also survived by his son, Jose “Joey” Tena, his grandson, Pepe Tena, and his wife Lily Glazer.

He enjoyed playing travelling, soccer, boating, music and dancing, and was a beloved member of the local community.

A paddle-out in Tena’s honor is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday near the Newport Pier.



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