NYC oral surgeon killed in Colorado plane crash

A New York City oral surgeon died in a plane crash near Aspen, Colo., the New York Daily News reported July 5.

Search-and-rescue volunteers discovered the bodies of pilot David Zara and Ruben Cohen, DDS, in the wreckage of the private plane July 4.

The men had departed Aspen-Pitkin County airport for Des Moines, Iowa, around 4:30 p.m. July 3, according to the report. A friend reported the men and plane missing when the two men still hadn't arrived a day later.

Dr. Cohen owned the Park Avenue Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery practice with three locations in New York. According to his practice's website, he attended New York University College of Dentistryand Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans. He also completed a residency at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.

He often traveled to different countries to offer free surgical treatment to children with facial deformities, and he participated in 9/11 rescue efforts at Ground Zero, according to the newspaper.

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