RIO VISTA, Calif. — The crash of an experimental plane Friday claimed the lives of two well-known surgeons, including Dr. Francis A. Sooy, retired chancellor of the University of California at San Francisco.
The Solano County coroner's office identified the pilot as Donald Walker of Orinda, owner of the small biplane involved in the crash just after its takeoff from Rio Vista Municipal Airport.
The name of the other victim was not released, but UCSF spokeswoman Carol Fox confirmed Saturday that Sooy, 71, a leading ear surgeon and UCSF chancellor for 10 years until his retirement in 1982, did die in the accident.
Detective Lee Patterson of the Rio Vista Police Department said the "experimental plane" crashed at about 5 p.m.. The craft was not documented by the Federal Aviation Administration.