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Executive killed in plane crash

CRYSTAL — Officials have identified the pilot of a small plane who was killed trying to land on a rainy night at a Minnesota airport.

CyberOptics Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey Bertelsen said Wednesday that the company’s founder, Steven Case, died in the crash at the Crystal Airport near Minneapolis. Mr. Case, 60, was the only one aboard.

The plane was engulfed in flames after landing Tuesday night. Crystal police Sgt. Rob Erkenbrack said the pilot missed the runway.

Records show the single-engine Cirrus plane is owned by Laserman Inc., a medical laser company. Mr. Bertelsen said Mr. Case was returning from Georgia on a business trip and arranged to use the plane.

Mr. Case, of suburban Minneapolis, was chairman of the company that makes printed circuit boards.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.


Drugmaker to give WHO swine flu vaccine

TRENTON — French drugmaker Sanofi-Aventis plans to donate millions of doses of swine flu vaccine to the World Health Organization for use in poor countries, Chief Executive Christopher Viehbacher said Wednesday.

Mr. Viehbacher said his company is making a “flexible donation” of 100 million doses of vaccines against swine flu and bird flu.

The company committed last June to donating 60 million doses of pandemic vaccine to protect people against the bird flu virus, a type designated as H5N1 influenza.

Mr. Viehbacher said that once his company starts production of vaccine against swine flu, or H1N1 flu, it will reserve 10 percent of its output for the WHO to help fight the flu pandemic in developing countries.

From wire dispatches and staff reports