- Steven Mostow, 63, known as Dr. Flu for his expertise
in treating influenza, and a noted expert in bioterrorism, died when the
airplane he was piloting crashed near Denver.
- Investigators returned to the scene of the plane crash
to try to figure out why the twin-engine Cessna 340 went down.
- The plane was headed to Centennial from Gunnison when
Mostow reported engine trouble around 4:30 p.m., Federal Aviation Administration
spokesman Jerry Snyder said.
- The plane crashed near mile marker 190 in unincorporated
- On March 24, 2002, at 1631 mountain standard time, a
Cessna 340, N341DM, was destroyed when it collided with terrain while on
final approach to Centennial Airport, Englewood, Colorado. The airplane
was being operated by Lear 171 Inc., of Billings, Montana.
- The tower controller at Centennial Airport said that
the pilot had been cleared to land on runway 35 right. He said that approximately
90 seconds later the pilot reported he had lost an engine. Radar data from
Denver Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) indicates that the airplane
made a left 180 degree turn to the south, and then radar contact was lost.
- Dr Flu....
- The following was posted to the internet in January 2000
- "We are very worried we will have a worldwide pandemic
of influenza that will affect probably 40 percent of the world's population,"
said Dr. Steven Mostow of the University of Colorado. Mostow said the number
of people killed from such a wave of influenza could rival some of the
worst outbreaks in modern times.
- Influenza Has Deadly History
- In the late 19th century, more than 20 million people
worldwide died as a result of the flu. In 1917, flu outbreaks killed more
people than those who died during World War I. In 1968, a wave of the Hong
Kong flu claimed some 700,000 lives.
- "We will never be able to control the flu like we
control polio, like we control smallpox," said Mostow. "Because
the flu virus isn't stable. It mutates. And it is smarter than we are."
- Normally, the tracking of a strain begins in China, where
scientists believe influenza outbreaks begin. Flu pops up in areas where
humans and animals live in close contact, with birds passing an avian form
of the flu to pigs. Elements of that strain are eventually passed to people.
- The flu commonly moves from China east across Asia to
Alaska, where it works its way south into the heart of North America.
- Following the World Wide Flu Alert - Do you think the
above plane crash was an accident ?
- Dr Flu's death was one of 13 reported microbiologists
death between Nov 2001 and March 2002