posted on Mar, 19 2003 @ 11:49 AM
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
The plane crashed near mile marker 190 in unincorporated Douglas County.
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.
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.