Friday, September 9, 2011

September 9

David M. Charlebois
David M. Charlebois, 39, Washington, D.C.
American Flight 77

David Charlebois, 39, the first officer on American Airlines Flight 77, died while flying one of his standard routes when his plane was crashed into the Pentagon.

Friends described Charlebois, an Arlington native who graduated from Yorktown High School, as a warm, friendly man who took pride in his job, his appearance and the life he had built.

"He was handsome and happy and very centered," neighbor Travis White said. "His life was the kind of life I wanted to have someday."

Charlebois and his partner bought a large row house two years ago and turned it into one of the best-looking homes on the block, friends said. On weekends when he wasn't flying, Charlebois could be spotted landscaping.

He was very fond of what he called his "pound puppy," a border collie named Chance, and had been a core member of an informal dog-walking club at Meridian Hill Park.