Medical professor, wife killed in California plane crash

Courtesy Mike Miller

Two people who died when their small plane crashed shortly after takeoff in San Diego County have been identified as a medical professor and his wife, who had homes in California and Montana.

Coroner's officials say 70-year-old John Longhurst and 71-year-old Cherri Longhurst died Tuesday when their Cessna lost power after taking off from a nearby airfield. The plane tried to return to the field but nose-dived into the yard of a glass company in Santee.

The crash killed the couple and one of their dogs. A second dog was injured.

Nobody on the ground was hurt.

Longhurst was a cardiologist and a professor at the University of California, Irvine, medical school.

The couple lived in Newport Beach and also had a home in Darby, Montana.

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