Business owner dies in plane crash, 3 teens injured

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Sinaloa, Mexico -- Three teenagers who crashed with Phoenix pilot John Slater last weekend in Mexico are recovering from their injuries. Slater, a local flooring company business owner, died in the crash.

Slater volunteered for years flying medical personnel and volunteers to Mexico as part of the Flying Doctors of Mercy.

Slater was taking three teenage volunteers between one of the three clinics operating last weekend on about a 15-minute flight when it crashed.

The Flying Doctors of Mercy, also known as LIGA International, treats tens of thousands of patients every year. Organization official Pat Spier said that there were at least 60 volunteers working in the three clinics in Mexico last weekend.

Slater, who owned Tempe-based Infinity Floor Coverings, flew medical personnel to Los Mochis in the state of Sinaloa, Mexico, last weekend on Friday. On Saturday morning he was shuttling the three teenage volunteers to another clinic when he crashed. The teens, all from the San Diego area, are recovering from their injuries.

The cause of the crash has not been determined at this time.

Spier said that Hayley Brown, 18, is listed in serious condition. Julia Power, 17, and Liam Guzman, 15, are listed in good condition and may be discharged this week.

The teens are being treated in a private hospital in Los Mochis and, according to Spier, the Sinaloa government has been very helpful and accommodating to the teens' families.

The three-day clinic usually involves volunteers flying down on Friday, working a long day on Saturday and returning on Sunday.

Spier said the Flying Doctors of Mercy are deeply saddened by Slater's death.