Colleagues of Danville Plane Crash Victim Say He Loved Music, Aviation & Patients

Danville, VA - Friends and colleagues of the man killed in the plane crash in Danville Thursday night spoke to ABC 13 News Friday.

Dr. Scott Banuelos was new to the Danville Regional Medical Center staff. His colleagues said he loved music and aviation, but most of all, his patients.

Dr. Gary Miller said you would never meet a more gentle soul than Scott Banuelos.

The cardiologist was just one of three representatives from the hospital that spoke at a press conference Friday on the loss of their colleague.

They said the 35-year-old was originally from Colorado and joined the staff about a year ago as a cardiovascular surgeon.

Banuelos shared a home in Danville with his mother and a brother with special needs that he cared for.

Investigators do not know how many hours of training he had put in as a student pilot. But they say Banuelos was making a solo flight - with his instructor watching from the ground - when he struck a tower and crashed.

The hospital staff says he will be sorely missed.

"Just a great surgeon, very dedicated, great sense of humor - a person that I knew from the time I met him that I could trust my life to him as well as the patients that he and I shared together," said Dr. Bill Sweezer, Banuelos' medical partner.

The NTSB will move the crash debris Friday to a site in Delaware as they continue their investigation.

The hospital staff asked for the community's prayers right now for the family of Scott Banuelos.