Orthopedic surgeon dies in plane crash while traveling between offices

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While traveling to his practice in Yuma, Ariz., orthopedic surgeon John Serocki, MD, died after his single-engine plane crashed into a building in Kearny Mesa, Calif., according to NBC San Diego.

Dr. Serocki was piloting the plane, which witnesses noticed was traveling just at tree-top-level and not gaining altitude when it rolled and quickly crashed.


The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are looking into the cause of the crash. No other injuries were reported.


Along with operating three private practices, Dr. Serocki was a surgeon at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla (Calif.) and Otay Lakes Surgery Center in Chula Vista, Calif.


Dr. Serocki was a member of Doctors Without Borders and routinely traveled on mission trips to treat underprivileged children. In 2010, he traveled to Haiti to treat earthquake victims.


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