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    BYRAM TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP-CP) - A prominent London, Ont., couple
    was killed and their two children were critically injured Sunday
    when their small plane crashed into a residential area in New
    Jersey and burst into flames.
    Michael Kirkley, 42, a former CFL player, and his wife Sandy,
    40, a well-known doctor, were killed just minutes into a flight
    that would have returned them home, the Foreign Affairs Department
    in Ottawa said Monday.
    Eight-year-old Colin was in critical condition in the burn unit
    of a New Jersey hospital, while his brother, Connor, 5, was in
    serious condition with a bruised lung and fractured leg, family
    friends told the London Free Press.
    The boys were saved after a New Jersey man crawled through a
    smoke-filled cabin to drag them from the wreckage, the Free Press
    reported.
    Ignoring six-metre-high flames and the screams of others who
    said the plane would blow up, Chris Ryder shimmied through a cargo
    door and released seat-belts holding the boys.
    The pilot had reported the plane's engine was running roughly
    shortly after takeoff and asked to be directed to the nearest
    airport, said the Federal Aviation Administration.
    The pilot was told to land at Aeroflex Andover Airport but
    disappeared off radar about five kilometres east of there, a
    spokesman said.
    The Piper Saratoga plane crashed near a group of houses and
    through a wooded lot. Its wings were sheared off by trees and the
    impact crushed the top of the cabin, propelling a fireball that
    burned a nearby shed. No one on the ground was injured.
    "People were using water from the kiddie pools (to extinguish
    the fire)," said Kelley Dilley, who lives next door to where the
    plane went down. "The whole area was engulfed. I know the children
    were pulled out before the firefighters got there."
    Reports said the parents had been ejected from the plane.
    News of the deaths stunned friends and colleagues in London,
    where Sandy was an internationally known orthopedic sports surgeon,
    and Michael a successful businessman after a football career that
    began with the Western Mustangs and ended with the Toronto
    Argonauts.
    "We're devastated," said Dr. Peter Fowler, with whom Sandy
    Kirkley worked at the Fowler-Kennedy Sports Medicine Clinic at the
    University of Western Ontario.
    Sandy Kirkley had flown last week to New York on a commercial
    jet to serve as a visiting professor at West Point military academy
    and was joined later by her husband and sons, who flew on the
    Piper.
    The crash is being investigated by the National Transportation
    Safety Board.
    (London Free Press)

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    BYRAM TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - Several people banded together to
    rescue two young boys who were seriously injured in a weekend plane
    crash that killed their parents.
    Shortly after the small plane went down Sunday night,
    authorities said about 30 people armed with fire extinguishers,
    garden hoses and pails were able to put out the fire and pull the
    boys from the wreckage.
    "The people who live in the neighborhood put their safety at
    risk and performed a heroic task by extinguishing the plane that
    had burst into flames." Byram police Sgt. Raymond Rafferty told
    The Star-Ledger of Newark for Tuesday's editions. "There's no
    doubt in my mind they saved the lives of those children."
    Colin Kirkley, 8, remained Tuesday at St. Barnabas Hospital in
    Livingston, while his brother, Conner, 5, was at Morristown
    Memorial Hospital. Both boys were being treated for burns and other
    injuries.
    John Southard, whose home is near the crash site, said he kicked
    a hole in the flame-softened hull of the plane and yanked it apart
    as another man crawled in and pulled the boys out.
    Chris Ryder, 24, a Roxbury resident who was working at a nearby
    home, told the Daily Record of Parsippany that he ran to the scene
    after he heard several people screaming. Once there, Ryder said he
    crawled through a hatch and was able to reach the boys, who were
    strapped tightly in their seats.
    Neither appeared to be breathing, Ryder said, but he was able to
    unbuckle their safety belts and get them out of the wreckage.
    However, he could not help their parents, Michael P. Kirkley, 42,
    and Alexandra Kirkley, 40, of London, Ontario, who were in the
    front of the plane.
    "I could see people up there, but there was no way to get to
    them," Ryder said.
    Family friends said Michael Kirkley was an experienced pilot who
    owned his own plane, which he had flown to West Point, N.Y. on
    Saturday. He then met his wife, who was in the area visiting a
    friend, and the family went to an Army football game. They then
    went to New York City and spent the day there Sunday before heading
    to Teterboro Airport for the flight home.
    The plane left Teterboro around 6:15 p.m. and was about 50 miles
    into a trip to London International Airport in Canada when the
    pilot reported the trouble, according to the Federal Aviation
    Administration. The pilot was told to land at Aeroflex Andover
    Airport but disappeared off radar about three miles east of there.
    The crash is being investigated by the National Transportation
    Safety Board.

    (Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press
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