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Waterloo doctor killed in plane crash

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- The bodies of two well known Waterloo residents were removed from the wreckage of a small plane crash that happened in southern Colorado this past weekend.

Now positively identified, Dr. Michael Welton and his friend Roswitha Marold were traveling from Arizona to Colorado when the plane went down over the Sangre de Cristo range.

The doors at the Northern Iowa Urological Associates are still open, but now without one of its most prominent doctors.

"He had a lot of friends on staff and I talked to some of doctors and they wanted me to share with you the fact they considered him a friend and many of them who I asked said we just aren't ready to," said Allen Hospital Spokesperson, Jim Waterbury.

Waterbury also says that Dr. Welton would lighten the mood in the operating room and was admired by his co-workers.

"Because they worked with him for so many years in the operating room and because he had that personality that they were really going to miss him because they do form a bond. It must be like fire fighters or anybody who works in special units that the rest of us don't see, said Waterbury.

Doctor Welton's love of flying was clear. In 2009 he made an emergency landing in rural Black Hawk County, but just minutes later he had the problem fixed and was back in the air.

"Everybody who has flown with him remarks what a careful and meticulous pilot he was and how much he loved to fly. That was his hobby and he really liked doing it and he did it quite often," Livingston Aviation General Manager, Tim Newton.

For those who knew him, this is a great loss.

"It's a tragedy. It doesn't matter who it is. It's a terrible thing to happen to anybody and knowing him personally makes it that much worse. Everybody here at Livingston, our sympathy goes out to his family and friends," said Newton.

Aviation experts say it could be months before the cause of the plane crash is determined.


Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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