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ER doctor killed in small plane crash in rural Northern California

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GARBERVILLE, California — Authorities say the pilot killed in a small plane crash in Northern California was an emergency room doctor who was commuting to work from his home.

Humboldt County Sheriff's officials said the body of 59-year-old Douglas Todd Pleatman was recovered from the aircraft after it went into the Eel River in Garberville Friday.

They said Pleatman was the chief emergency-room doctor at Jerold Phelps Community Hospital in Garberville, a community of about 900 residents along Highway 101. He commuted from his home in El Dorado County to his job by airplane.

The Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/155EXCY) he lived in a community in Cameron Park that's next to an airport, where wide streets double as taxiways and oversized garages serve as airplane hangars.

The cause of the crash was under investigation.

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