2 Killed In Lake Michigan Plane Crash Identified

By: AP
By: AP

MILWAUKEE -- Medical examiner's officials said Saturday they had identified two of the six people killed in a Lake Michigan plane crash, as divers continued to search for bodies and wreckage.
Pilots Dennis Hoyes and Bill Serra were identified through dental records and DNA analysis, the Milwaukee County medical examiner's office said in a news release Saturday.
The men and four others were part of an organ procurement team from the University of Michigan which was headed to Willow Run Airport near Detroit with donor lungs. The Cessna Citation 550 went down at a high speed in the lake minutes after taking off from General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee Monday afternoon.
Milwaukee County Medical Examiner Jeffrey Jentzen has said a high-speed impact causes "explosion-type injuries."
The medical examiner's statement said Saturday officials there were confident they would soon make positive identification of the remaining four occupants through DNA analysis.
Also killed were cardiac surgeon Martinus Spoor; transplant donation specialist Richard Chenault II; David Ashburn, a physician-in-training in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery; transplant specialist Richard LaPensee.
On Friday, divers found the plane's voice recorder and two bodies.
Milwaukee Police Department spokeswoman Anne E. Schwartz said four boats and 12 divers searched waters Saturday. Schwartz didn't know if anything was found Saturday.
A 50-year-old Michigan man in need of a double lung transplant was on the operating table at the University of Michigan Health System hospital, his chest already cut open, when the plane went down Monday.
The patient, whose name hasn't been released, got a new set of lungs in another operation that ended early Thursday.
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