Medical professor, wife killed in California plane crash

February 8, 2018

SANTEE, Calif. (AP) — Two people who died when their small plane crashed shortly after takeoff in San Diego County have been identified as a medical professor and his wife, who had homes in California and Montana.

Coroner’s officials say 70-year-old John Longhurst and 71-year-old Cherri Longhurst died Tuesday when their Cessna lost power after taking off from a nearby airfield. The plane tried to return to the field but nose-dived into the yard of a glass company in Santee.

The crash killed the couple and one of their dogs. A second dog was injured.

Nobody on the ground was hurt.

Longhurst was a cardiologist and a professor at the University of California, Irvine, medical school.

The couple lived in Newport Beach and also had a home in Darby, Montana.

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