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Wilmette man killed in plane crash
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Published: 8/11/2008 2:52 PM

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ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. -- Authorities say the victims of a collision between two single-engine planes in southwestern Wyoming include a local student pilot and men from Ohio and Illinois.

The mid-air collision happened just Sunday afternoon about five miles northwest of the Rock Springs-Sweetwater County Airport.

Sweetwater County Sheriff Rich Haskell says 54-year-old Dave Knezovich of Rock Springs was killed in the crash. Knezovich had been piloting a routine student solo flight out of the local airport for about an hour when the collision occurred.

Haskell says the two victims in the second plane were 67-year-old Ralph Otto of Wilmette, Illinois, and 67-year-old C. Michael Downey of Columbus, Ohio.

Federal investigators are at the scene of the crash.