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U-M Survival Flight Air Ambulance Crashes into Lake Michigan

5. June 2007 • Juliew
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From the University of Michigan Health System:
At approximately 5:50 p.m. ET today (June 4), the University of Michigan Health System was notified that a Cessna jet leased by its U-M Survival Flight air ambulance program had crashed into Lake Michigan.

The UM web site lists the following names of the four UM employees and two air pilots who were aboard. A search for survivors is continuing.

  • David Ashburn, M.D., a UM fellow (physician-in-training) in cardiothoracic surgery
  • Richard Chenault II, a transplant donation specialist with the U-M Transplant Program
  • Dennis Hoyes, a Marlin air pilot
  • Richard Lapensee, a transplant donation specialist with the U-M Transplant Program
  • Bill Serra, a Marlin air pilot
  • Martinus (Martin) Spoor, M.D., a cardiac surgeon who had been on the U-M faculty since 2003

More information is available here.



  1. Richard Lapensee was also a 14 year veteran of the Ypsilanti Fire Department.


       —Brian    Jun. 5 '07 - 01:46PM    #