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Coroner Completes Indentification of Crash Victims

January 27, 1985

RENO, Nev. (AP) _ A coroner has completed the identification of the 68 people killed in the Galaxy Airlines plane crash.

Coroner Vern McCarty confirmed the name of the last unidentified passenger late Saturday as Robert Geary, 55, of St. Louis Park, Minn.

McCarty said Geary’s billfold and driver’s license survived the explosion and flash fire that followed the crash. But there were no fingerprints or dental charts to positively identify him.

The coroner had to wait for surgical records to be sent from Minnesota before he could finish his work. Geary’s wife, Kathleen, also was killed.

Galaxy Flight 203, bound for Minneapolis, crashed Monday upon takeoff from Reno Cannon International Airport.

Galaxy President Phillip Sheridan voluntarily grounded the remaining three planes, all cargo carriers, in his fleet until the Federal Aviation Administration could inspect them.

The planes were approved Saturday and resumed flying, Sheridan said.

″Galaxy is pleased to announced that the FAA has completed full aircraft inspections to its satisfaction,″ Sheridan said.″Galaxy will continue to cooperate in all respects with the National Transportation Safety board and the Federal Aviation Administration in the investigation of this tragic accident.″

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