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Two Killed in Crash of Home-Built Aircraft

January 2, 1995

WAUCHULA, Fla. (AP) _ A home-built aircraft clipped a power line and crashed, killing two men aboard and injuring two young boys.

The plane hit the power line as it approached the Wauchula airport for a landing, pilots at the airport said.

Killed in Sunday’s crash six miles west of Wauchula were the pilot, Dr. Charles H. Larson, 67, of Avon Park, and Thomas Bradley Sheppard, 37, a campus police officer at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

They were ejected from the plane and died at the scene.

Sheppard’s 8-year-old son, Scott, and Dustin Werk, 10, of Okeechobee, were still strapped in the plane, screaming for help when rescuers reached them.

Scott was in serious condition and Dustin, his cousin, was in fair condition Monday at Tampa General Hospital.

``He was so scared,″ a rescuer, Ann Pollard, said of Dustin. ``He kept saying, `I don’t believe this is happening’ and `I want my mommy.′ ″

Larson was piloting a Cozy Mark IV, a home-built aircraft with a single propeller at the rear.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

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