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Two Men Die in S.C. Plane Crash

May 18, 2002

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GOVAN, S.C. (AP) _ Two men died when their single-engine plane crashed nose-first near a cornfield shortly after takeoff Friday afternoon.

The victims were identified as pilot Gidion Heatwole, 19, of Olar, and Jerold Groff, 25, of Bamberg.

Officials said the plane belonged to one of Heatwole’s relatives and had taken off from a small private airport.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators were expected at the site early Saturday.

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