Former Baystate Medical Center neurosurgeon killed in West Virginia plane crash


GRAFTON, W.Va. (WWLP/AP) — A former Baystate Medical Center neurosurgeon has been identified as the pilot killed in a plane crash in northern West Virginia, according to police said.

West Virginia State Police and the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim Wednesday as Dr. Thomas Kaye, 67, of Haydenville, Massachusetts.

He was the only person aboard the plane, which crashed and caught on fire Monday in woods in an unincorporated area between Fairmont and Grafton, State Police Sgt. Robert Garrison said.

Baystate Medical Center spokesman Keith O’Connor told 22News Kaye worked at the Springfield facility for two decades. He retired in 2018.

Kaye was flying from Indiana to Massachusetts and had stopped at the North Central West Virginia Airport near Bridgeport for refueling, said National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson.

Taylor County Sheriff Terry Austin said it’s believed Kaye had just purchased the plane and was flying it home.

Kay worked with the Trinity Health of New England Medical Group in Waterbury, Connecticut.

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