Local Teens Injured In Mexico Plane Crash

4 Onboard Plane Were Volunteering With Liga International, Flying Doctors of Mercy

A Phoenix-area businessman who volunteered as a pilot for a nonprofit group that provided medical services in Mexico and other locations has been killed in a plane crash and three passengers were injured.

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The Arizona Republic reports that 50-year-old John Frederic Slater of Tempe was flying a plane for Los Medicos Voladores, or The Flying Doctors, when it hit power lines Saturday morning and crashed in the northwestern Mexican state of Sinaloa.

Slater was killed, and three passengers from California were injured.

The passengers were identified as Hayley Brown, Julia Tower and Liam Guzman.

According to 10News, 18-year-old Brown and 17-year-old Tower are both seniors at La Costa Canyon High School. Guzman, 15, is from Southern California.

Brown was in critical condition, but the two other teens were in good condition and expected to be released from the hospital this week, reported 10news.

The newspaper says Slater owned Infinity Floor Coverings in Tempe.

The Flying Doctors is an all-volunteer nonprofit group that runs medical, dental and optometric clinics in Mexico, Central and South America, and southeastern California.

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