2 Topeka doctors killed in Chicago plane crash



TOPEKA (KSNT) – Stormont-Vail Hospital officials confirmed late Monday afternoon that two of those killed in a small plane crash outside Chicago Sunday night were medical staff at the hospital.

The Hospital says Tausif Rehman, MD a Cotton-O’Neil neurosurgeon and Ali A. Kanchwala, MD also a Cotton-O’Neil pulmonologist were killed in the crash. Kansas First News has learned Kanchwala also worked at nearby St. Francis Hospital in Topeka. Also killed was Kanchwala’s wife Maria Javaid, MD. Javaid was an interventional cardiologist at Providence Medical Center in Kansas City.

The three were aboard a twin-engine Beechcraft airplane which crashed Sunday night in a suburb outside Chicago. Witness say they heard at least one explosion, possibly more, and the plane then nose-dived into the only vacant lot in a neighborhood made up of single-family homes.

“Dr. Rehman and Dr. Kanchwala were extremely valued, highly skilled and beloved members of our staff,” said Randy Peterson, president and CEO of Stormont-Vail HealthCare. “These physicians were deeply committed to their patients and to bringing the best of care to our community.”

The plane was on its way to Lawrence, Kansas on Sunday night when it crashed in the Chicago suburb of Palos Hills around 10:40 p.m. According to the FAA registry the plane’s owner is Arc Aviation LLC of Lawrence. The registered owner of that business is listed as Tausif Rehman of Lawrence, according to information on file with the Kansas Secretary of State’s office.

Nancy Burkhardt, a spokeswoman for Stormont-Vail,  says Rehman joined Stormont-Vail in February 2013 specializing in neurosurgery at the University of New Mexico before joining the staff and after getting his medical degree from Aga Khan University in Pakistan in 2002.

Kanshwala joined the Stormont-Vail healthcare staff in August, 2010. He received his medical degree from DOW Universityof Health Sciences in Karachi, Pakistan and completed a fellowship in 2010 at East Carolina University.

Dr. Javaid was employed by Providence Medical Center in Kansas City and specialized in interventional cardiology. The hospital says she had a special interest in the area of women and heart disease, premature heart disease in families and genetic testing to try and avoid complications later in life.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the accident. A preliminary report could come as soon as next week although a final report is months away.

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