Mexico plane crash kills 4 on medical aid mission

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) - Four U.S. citizens on a medical aid flight are dead after their light plane crashed in Baja California.

The Beechcraft A36 was on a flight from Ensenada to San Quintin when it disappeared Friday. Searchers found the wreckage yesterday in rough terrain about 30 miles south of Ensenada.

Mexican authorities say the plane apparently hit a 3,900-foot hill and then slid down to a mesa.

Those aboard were all from California: pilot Roger Lyon of Cayucos, Drs. Graciela Sarmiento and James Thornton of Arroyo Grande and medic Andrew Thiel, a student in San Luis Obispo.

The San Luis Obispo Tribune reports that Lyon was a leading attorney for the Hearst newspaper family and recently worked on the deal to preserve the 82,000-acre Hearst Ranch that was built by late media magnate William Randolph Hearst in San Simeon.

The plane was on a mission for the Flying Samaritans, an all-volunteer organization that transports medical personnel to at
least 17 clinics in Baja California.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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