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Pilot Dies in Delivery Plane Crash

April 24, 1998

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ A delivery service plane crashed and burned as the pilot tried to land at Port Columbus International Airport. The pilot, a new employee of the company, died early today at a hospital.

Mark Mulgrew, 32, of San Antonio, was taken to Ohio State University Medical Center with second- and third-degree burns to his head, face, arms, chest and legs.

He was in radio contact with the airport tower but apparently did not indicate any problems before the plane he was trying to land crashed and burned at the end of a runway shortly before 11:30 p.m. Thursday. No one else was on board.

Mulgrew was piloting a twin-engine Beechcraft Baron for AirNet Systems, a small-package, air-delivery service based at Port Columbus. He was completing a flight from Indianapolis.

Mulgrew had started flying for the company this week, AirNet executive Eric Roy said today. He said Mulgrew had completed AirNet’s training program and had extensive flying experience.

AirNet officials and the Federal Aviation Administration were investigating the crash.

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