Couple on honeymoon killed in Mont. plane crash

October 10, 2007|By Sumathi Reddy | Sumathi Reddy,SUN REPORTER

The couple, in their 50s, married in a quaint ceremony in Tulsa, Okla., on Sept. 29 before honeymooning at a friend's cabin in Montana.

On Sunday, they set out in the husband's twin-engine Cessna 310, planning to fly home to Baltimore with a stop in Wisconsin on the way.

But the plane crashed about 11:50 a.m. in a field outside Ekalaka, Mont., killing John R. Doshier, 51, and his wife, Sue Crews Doshier, 54, said Carter County Sheriff Rusty Jardee.

Both were pronounced dead on the scene, Jardee said. "The landing gear was up; he bellied it in, but it hit so hard when it came down that it killed them," Jardee said. "From the point of impact, it slid on its belly and then turned sideways, sliding about 180 feet."

The fuselage burned after the crash, attracting the attention of two hunters who contacted authorities.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation, Jardee said. "It was overcast, but the visibility was not bad at the time," he said.

Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Transportation Safety Board and Cessna are investigating.

John Doshier, a certified pilot, owned the plane. John Bussey said his brother-in-law had been an avid flyer for at least 10 years, flying his plane after work and on weekends.

"His airplane was his baby, his passion," said Bussey, 54, of Oologah, Okla. "He'd fly here from Baltimore. They'd fly other places as well."

Doshier, known as Rusty to his family and friends, grew up in Oklahoma, attending school in Oologah and college in Oklahoma City, where he received a degree in biomedical engineering.

He met his wife at a hospital in Oklahoma, Bussey said.

He moved to Baltimore several years ago for a job at Bon Secours Hospital, where he worked as a clinical engineer employed by Aramark, said a hospital spokeswoman.

His wife recently joined him in Baltimore, working as an acute care dialysis nurse at a different medical facility, Bussey said.

While Doshier had a passion for planes, his wife had one for horses. "They were a very fun-loving, adventurous couple," Bussey said. `They did pretty much everything together."

Doshier was still adjusting to city life in Baltimore. He disliked the city at first but was learning to adapt, Bussey said. Flying was his escape. He would fly "every spare minute he had," Bussey said.

sumathi.reddy@baltsun.com

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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