A younger woman whom I have admired for years is in dire straights. She and her two (adult) children were flying from St Louis to Kansas City in a single-engine airplane owned and operated by her husband. About mid-way into the trip, about 1/2-mile from a small airport, the aircraft smashed into the ground killing the pilot. The woman is in critical condition, her daughter is in serious condition, and her son is in good condition.
I've not seen the woman for nearly 2 1/2 years. For the previous 18 years she had served as my primary care physician - the best I've ever had. I'm hoping for the best for her and her family, and grieving for her loss.
Update posted 12/6/2014
On Wednesday, December 3, I was told by a mutual friend (Physics professor at Wichita State University), that Dr S had undergone 6 hours of surgery and could not yet feel her legs. He also said that the son had experienced a double compound leg fracture.
From the Salina Journal, comes an excerpt (below).
Salina doctor improving after plane crash
By ERIN MATHEWS Salina Journal
Dec 5, 2014
The condition of a Salina physician who was injured in a plane crash Sunday in Missouri has been upgraded, a Columbia, Mo., hospital spokeswoman said.
Dr. Brenda Schewe, 56, an internal medicine hospitalist at Salina Regional Health Center, was in fair condition Friday at the University of Missouri Hospital.
Her daughter, Kathryn Taylor, 25, of Wichita, was being released from the hospital Friday, and her son, Jacob Taylor, 23, of Kansas City, already has been released, the hospital spokeswoman said.
From the Woodward [Oklahoma] News, I give excerpts, below.
Charles Sojka’s last flight
Posted: Friday, December 5, 2014 7:32 Updated: 7:42 am, Fri Dec 5, 2014
By Rachael Van
As long as Candice Sojka Clark can remember, her father, Woodward native Charles K. Sojka, was a pilot and probably spent more time in the air than anywhere.
In fact, if you ask any Woodward pilots who remember her father, they might say "that guy got his pilot's license before he got his driver's license," Clark said.
On November 30th at 9 a.m., Woodward High School graduate, class of 1969, Charles K Sojka of Salina, Kan., went down with his Bellanca Model 17-30 aircraft about a half mile from a small airport in Boonville, Missouri. The crash fatally injured Sojka, who was trying to land the plane at the time it crashed, according to news reports. His wife, Dr. Brenda Schewe and his two step-children, Kate and Jake Taylor were with him in the aircraft and were seriously injured, but survived the impact. The cause of the crash is still unknown.
He eventually made his home in Salina, Kan., where he was a flight instructor and Director of Maintenance for Kansas State University-Salina Aviation Department.
Charles was 63 years old.