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12-04-2004, 04:01 PM
Please say a prayer for these two fine people both avid pool players ! Thanks Denny
Two dead near Canton in crash of small aircraft

WILMOT, Ohio - Two men died Friday after an aircraft they were in clipped a power line and crashed.

Arthur V. Close, 41, of Wilmot, operated the homemade gyrocopter, part airplane and part helicopter. He died at Massillon Community Hospital, State Highway Patrol Lt. E.R. Sheppard said.

Passenger Matthew T. Gfell, 32, of Milan, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sheppard said the Federal Aviation Administration planned to inspect the debris and the crash scene Saturday.

Police Chief Lenny Hummel said the aircraft clipped a power line with its wheels. Wilmot is in Stark County, about 15 miles southwest of Canton in northeast Ohio.