Federal investigators are probing a plane crash in Kokomo, Indiana, that killed a prominent Tampa plastic surgeon, Saturday, Oct. 5.

Dr. Daniel P. Greenwald, 59, had taken off from Kokomo Municipal Airport in his twin-engine Piper Aerostar 602P, but moments later the plane crashed in a soybean field about four miles away from the airport. Dr. Greenwald, the sole occupant of the plane, died at the scene.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) sent personnel to the crash site to open an investigation.

Previously named as one of the top surgeons in the U.S., Dr. Greenwald had been a member of the medical staff at Tampa General Hospital for more than 20 years, according to the Tampa Bay Times. His education included studies at Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and the University of Chicago.

After practicing at Tampa General, Dr. Greenwald opened Bayshore Plastic Surgery, a successful private practice where he performed a range of cosmetic plastic surgeries, hand and microvascular surgery, and gender reassignment surgery.

Dr. Greenwald was as experienced behind the helm of an airplane as he was in the operating room. According to the Tampa Bay Times, he had been piloting airplanes since he was a teenager and took to the skies any time he had the chance. A friend and fellow aviator told the Times that Dr. Greenwald was a “consummate airman” who had a passion for jets and performing aerobatic maneuvers, such as flips, loops, and spirals.

“He was a guy who loved to fly as much as he loved to breathe.”

The NTSB has not issued any information about the plane crash but it generally releases a preliminary report within two weeks of an accident under investigation. Investigators typically move the remaining parts of a crashed plane to a hangar for inspection to determine whether mechanical malfunction or maintenance issues contributed to the accident. They also look at the potential for pilot error and weather conditions as possible contributing factors.

Dr. Greenwald leaves behind his wife Juli and two children.

Mike Andrews, a lawyer in the firm’s Personal Injury and Products Liability section, focuses much of his practice on aviation accident litigation. He has represented people seriously injured in aviation crashes, and the family of those killed in both civilian and military airplane crashes and helicopter crashes. He is representing families of those killed in the Ethiopian Airlines crash involving the Boeing 737 Max.

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