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7/18/2007 - Former Renville resident dies in plane crash - Click here to print this information

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A pilot who crashed his cropduster in rural Stark County last week has died from his injuries.

The Peoria County coroner's office says 36-year-old Sheldon Gaffney of Prophetstown died last night at OSF St. Francis Medical Center.

Authorities say Gaffney was piloting a single-engine Weatherly airplane on July 12th near the central Illinois town of Wyoming when his plane struck powerlines.

Coroner Johnna Ingersoll says Gaffney suffered multiple injuries in the crash, and an autopsy is planned.

The plane crash remains under investigation by the Stark County Sheriff's Department and the Peoria County coroner.



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