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Sacramento Doctors and Pilot Killed in Idaho Plane Crash

1:34 PM, Sep 17, 2002   |    comments
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  • Three Sacramento men, including two doctors, died in a plane crash Sunday morning in Twin Falls, Idaho. The three men were killed at 10:35 a.m. when the single-engined Cessna 180 in which they were riding lost control as it attempted to land at Magic Valley Regional Airport. The aircraft struck a fuel truck, which burst into flame, enveloping the aircraft. According to a report in the Sacramento Bee, Dr. James Poindexter, 70 (shown at left), and Dr. Robert Wright, 60 (shown at right), died in the crash. Also killed in the crash was the pilot, 63-year-old Harold Frisch. Both of the physicians were affiliated with Sutter Medical Group. Poindexter was an obstetrician/gynecologist, while Wright recently retired from his practice as a urologist. Airport officials reported a strong crosswind was blowing at the time of the accident. The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the accident. The doctors were part of a group of 36 from the the Del Paso County Club in Sacramento who went to Kalispell, Montana, for an annual golf vacation. Most of the others took commercial flights home.

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