United Blood Services is mourning the loss of the President of the volunteer organization, “Flights For Life.” 76 year old Homer “Mac” Mc Clure had been transporting blood donations from Flagstaff to Phoenix when his small plane crashed. Sue Thew with U-B-S says the pilot’s loss is being keenly

felt at her organization. She praises Mc Clure for his 10 years of service, conducting 880 blood donation flights. Thew says, “that’s’ more than any other pilot affiliated with “Flights For Life”.

Thew says 140 pilots volunteer their time and resources daily to the critical task of flying blood supplies to various hospitals, a task in which she says “time is of the essence” in providing these life-saving donations to patients.

As for the blood donations, Mc Clure’s plane contained 21 units. Not a huge loss, according to Thew. The N-T-S-B is investigating the crash which occurred near Highway 87-A.

–Barbara Villa