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Oct 16, 2010 6:25 PM by Danielle Lerner

Plane carrying Flying Samaritans from SLO County disappears over Mexico

A search and rescue operation is underway in Mexico after a plane carrying several doctors from the Central Coast, disappears.

The doctors are part of the Flying Samaritans, a charitable group that does free medical procedures for low-income people in Mexico.

The president of the organization, Victor Jones, tells KSBY News the Beechcraft A-36 plane took off from the San Luis Obispo Airport Friday morning and landed in Ensenada, Mexico. It then took off for its final destination in San Quintin, in Baja California. At about 15 miles south of Ensenada, the pilot said he was climbing to get above heavy fog. Radio contact was lost around 2 p.m. Friday and there has been no sign of the plane since this morning.

We're told the impact sensor on the plane did not go off.

The people on board include James Thornton, a plastic surgeon from San Luis Obispo, Graciela Sarmiento, a doctor who works at the Community Health Center in Oceano, Roger Lyon, a pilot from Cayucos, and Andrew Theil, a medical volunteer who may also be a student from Cal Poly.

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