Ann Arbor | Kellie Woodhouse
Five years ago today a Survival Flight jet carrying six University of Michigan Health Systememployees crashed into Lake Michigan after taking off from Milwaukee, Wis.
No one survived the June 4, 2007, crash, but today UMHS officials made sure the memories of the crew members would live on.
"Five years ago, the UMHS community came together in grief, sadness and disbelief," UMHS CEO Ora Pescovitzwrote in a blog post. "Today, we came together once again to remember and honor six extraordinary men whose legacies inspire us each and every day."
The university held a remembrance ceremony this morning and is holding its annual Survival Flight Safety Day today.
The six employees were returning to Ann Arbor from Milwaukee after procuring a pair of lungs for transplantation into a UMHS patient when the chartered plane crashed into Lake Michigan shortly after takeoff.
On board were David Ashburn, a cardiothoracic fellow near the end of his training; Richard Chenault II and Rick LaPensee, transplant donation specialists; Martin Spoor, a cardiac surgeon and U-M faculty member since 2003; and pilots Bill Serra and Dennis Hoyes.
Read more: http://www.annarbor.com/news/umhs-honors-deceased-during-5-year-anniversary-of-survival-flight-jet-plane-crash/