Flying routine for Ga. doctor, staff in jet crash


SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A spokeswoman for an Augusta-based medical practice says flying by private plane between clinics in three Southern states was a weekly routine for a vascular surgeon and four staff members killed in a jet crash in east Georgia.

Tina Vidal-Smith, a spokeswoman for the vascular specialists called the Vein Guys, said Friday that Dr. Steven Roth and his Augusta team would regularly visit affiliated clinics in Nashville, Tenn., and Raleigh, N.C., to evaluate patients and perform surgical procedures.

The five co-workers died Wednesday when their plane crashed at the end of a return flight from Nashville. Investigators say the pilots aborted their landing and struck a utility pole.

Robert Sumwalt of the National Transportation Safety Board said Friday there's no evidence the pilots made any distress calls before the crash.

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