OH board suspends doctor's license after '08 crash

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio State Medical Board has suspended the license of a doctor who signed off on the airman medical certificate for a pilot blamed in a fatal crash that killed six people.

The board says Dr. Jerome McTague of Port Clinton "departed from or failed to conform to minimal standards of care" for not detecting and documenting former state legislator Gene Damschroder's (DAM'-shroh-dur's) deteroriating eyesight. Federal safety investigators faulted the 86-year-old Damschroder for the 2008 crash that killed him and five passengers at the Fremont airport in northern Ohio.

McTague's license has been suspended for at least two years. Upon reinstatement, he would be on probation three years.

The Blade of Toledo reports (http://bit.ly/1ijKqLJ ) that McTague declined comment. He can appeal the suspension to a common pleas court.

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