Arizona cardiologist dies in plane crash

An interventional cardiologist at Yuma (Ariz.) Regional Medical Center died Oct. 11 after a plane crash in California, local CBS News and NBC News affiliate KYMA reports. 

Sugata Das, MD, owned the plane, which crashed in Santee, a suburb outside of San Diego. The plane was headed to San Diego when it went down in a neighborhood and hit two homes. One other death was also confirmed. 

"We are deeply sad to hear news of a plane owned by local cardiologist Dr. Sugata Das, which crashed near Santee," Bharat Magu, MD, Yuma Regional Medical Center's CMO, said in a statement to the news outlet. 

"As an outstanding cardiologist and dedicated family man, Dr. Das leaves a lasting legacy. We extend our prayers and support to his family, colleagues and friends during this difficult time." 

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash. 


Dr. Das earned his medical degree at the University of Pune in India. He is survived by his wife, three siblings and two children, according to the Power of Love Foundation — a nonprofit that works to prevent HIV and care for people with the disease in vulnerable international populations. Dr. Das served on the foundation's board of directors.

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