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  Survival Flight Transplant team
Memorial service planned July 27

Faculty and staff will have an opportunity to attend a memorial service July 27, 2-3 p.m. for the six members of the Survival Flight Transplant team who died when their plane crashed into Lake Michigan last month.

The program will be held in the Dow Auditorium in the Towsley Center and broadcast on screens at satellite locations across the Health System and main University campuses. Exact telecast locations will be announced in the July 23 Record and the Health System Bulletin, once they are confirmed.

In addition, the service will be simultaneously Webcast through the Survival Flight Update Web site home page, Windows Media Player is required to watch online.

The service will honor Dr. David Ashburn, a fellow (physician-in-training) in cardiothoracic surgery; Richard Chenault II, a donation specialist with the U-M Transplant Program; Dennis Hoyes, a Marlin Air pilot; Rick Lapensee, a donation specialist with the U-M Transplant Program; Bill Serra, a Marlin Air pilot; and Dr. Martinus (Martin) Spoor, a cardiac surgeon who had been on the faculty since 2003.

The transplant team was on a mission to retrieve a pair of lungs for a patient at U-M Hospital who since has received organs from another donor. Shortly after takeoff from General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee the pilot sent an emergency signal indicating he wanted to turn the Cessna jet around. According to a report issued last week by the National Transportation Safety Administration the crew was not able to gain directional control of the plane, and it crashed minutes after takeoff.

The Survival Flight Update Web site also has more detailed bios of the crew members, information on how to make memorial contributions and a place to submit condolences.

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