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Pilot in Columbus, Indiana plane crash dies

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Close family friends to the man that was the pilot of the plane that went down and crashed in Columbus, Indiana say the pilot has died.

Officials with Wishard Memorial Hospital also confirm Gerald Clayton's death.

The Bartholomew Coroner says Clayton passed away Friday evening due to complications of the injuries he sustained from the crash and flames.

Gerald Clayton formerly lived in Louisville before friends say he moved to Columbus with his wife to be close to family.

Clayton and 60-year-old Dennis King had been in the the burn unit at Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis with severe cuts, burns and abrasions after the plane crash.

Bob Breeden, Clayton's close friend in Louisville, says the pilot had surgery Thursday, but things went downhill on Friday night.

The crash happened on July 25th, when Clayton's single engine private plane crashed into a house near the airport in Columbus.  Columbus Police say the crash happened shortly after it took off from the Columbus Municipal Airport.

The crash sparked a fire that destroyed much the home located in the 2200 block of Broadmoor Lane, about two miles south of the Columbus airport.

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