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Utah Plane Crash Tragedy Effects the Skin Care Industry

Posted: August 28, 2008

There's tragedy in southern Utah, as a community mourns the loss of 10 people killed in a plane crash. The plane went down near Moab last week and was engulfed in flames when emergency crews arrived. No one on board survived. All the victims were from Cedar City.

It is known that almost all of the plane's passengers worked for the Southwest Skin and Cancer/Red Canyon Aesthetics & Medical Spa, a medical group that provides cancer screenings and also dermatological services for the people who are in rural Southern Utah.

This group was led by Lansing Ellsworth, MD. They had wrapped up a day-long clinic there and were heading home to Cedar City, but moments after takeoff, the plane crashed.

Dean Duke MD, Ellsworth's partner, said, "I was just frozen, in shock and disbelief. These things happen quickly."

JoAnn Peak, Ellsworth's patient, said, "Dr. Ellsworth, for me, was one of a kind, and you know when you go to his office, he would always remember your name without even looking at his chart. It's just a very difficult loss. It's gonna be hard to carry on."