La Jolla Doctor Dies in Small Plane Crash

Small Plane Crash 2-21-2018  Sara Bartlett

The single engine plane crashed in the Kearny Mesa area about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.  

According to authorities, just after 6:30 a.m., the small plane crashed in a construction site in the 4400 block of Ruffin Road, blocks away from Montgomery Field.  Ruffin Road was closed between Ridgehaven Court and Balboa Avenue. The cause is being investigated by the FAA and NTSB.

The Medical Examiner has confirmed that the pilot who died was the owner of the plane, Dr. John Serocki of La Jolla, an orthopedic surgeon based at Scripps La Jolla but who also had an office in Yuma, Arizona. He was 61 years old. 

This crash comes just two weeks after a small plane crashed in Santee after taking off from Gillespie Field, killing the pilot and the passenger, Dr. John Longhurst and his wife Cherril Longhurst of Darby, Mont.  Dr. Longhurst was a retired professor at the UC Irvine School of Medicine.

(Photo KOGO News Sara Bartlett)



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