- Steve Krueger was “held in high esteem and will be greatly missed,” UPS said in a statement Tuesday.
- According to a statement by Bharat Magu, Chief Medical Officer of Yuma Regional Medical Center, the plane was owned by Dr. Sugata Das, who also died.
- Monday’s accident shook the community of Santi, a town about 20 miles northeast of San Diego.
Colleagues observed a moment of silence Tuesday for the UPS driver, who was one of two people killed when a small airplane crashed Monday in a suburban Southern California neighborhood.
Steve Krueger was “held in high esteem and will be greatly missed,” UPS said in a statement Tuesday.
“Those who knew Steve said he was proud of his work, and his positive attitude and joyful laughter lightened the tough days a little bit,” the company said.
KNSD-TV reported that Krueger was “months away from retirement.” Colleagues left notes, flowers, candles and photographs on Krueger’s car on Tuesday, the outlet reported. One photo shows Kruger water-skiing in his UPS uniform holding a package.
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NS The accident shook Santi’s community on Monday, a city about 20 miles northeast of San Diego. Officials said the twin-engine Cessna 340 entered homes and vehicles, causing major damage. A federal transportation security investigator was expected to arrive at the site Tuesday.
According to a statement by Bharat Magu, Chief Medical Officer of Yuma Regional Medical Center, the plane was owned by Dr. Sugata Das, who also died.
“Our community has lost an extraordinary physician, colleague and friend, a man who dedicated his life and career to the care of patients,” Magoo said in a statement. “Dr. Das was an outstanding cardiologist and a devoted family man.”
Deputy Fire Chief Justin Matsushita said two other people with burns were taken to hospital. video shown Flames engulfed the structure and helped a couple escape through the back fence of their home.
Another video, filmed by a nearby home’s security camera, shows the plane crashing into the neighborhood just before the crash. Fire Chief John Garlow told USA Today that three homes in the neighborhood suffered “major damage” and two were completely burned.
Among those who lost their homes were newlyweds Courtney and Cody Campbell, KGTV told. The couple were at work at the time of the accident and lost all their property, Breena King, sister of one of the homeowners, told KGTV. He said the couple had also just completed the remodeling of the house.
Officials did not say what caused the accident. The plane was about half a mile from landing at Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport when an air traffic controller told the pilot it was flying too low and needed to climb.
“Low altitude warning, climb immediately, board the plane,” the air traffic controller said in audio accessed by KSWB-TV.
Das grew up in India, according to A website for the non-profit Power of Love Foundation, where he served as director. The organization describes itself as a “charity focused on developing innovative and cost-effective solutions to address the HIV and AIDS epidemic”.
According to the hospital statement, Das worked as a cardiologist for 15 years. He completed his residency at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn, Michigan, trained at Providence Hospital in Southfield, Michigan, and was an Interventional Cardiology Fellow at the Arizona Heart Institute in Phoenix.
According to the statement, Das joined the medical staff at Yuma Regional Medical Center in 2005 after completing training as an interventional cardiologist. He lived in San Diego and converted to Yuma.
According to the website, Das, a licensed pilot, became interested in aviation in 2010 and owned two aircraft. He leaves behind two young sons.
Contribution: Selina Tebor, USA Today, The Associated Press