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BEAUFORT, S.C. A University of South Carolina plane that had carried head football coach Lou Holtz on a recruiting trip crashed and killed the pilot.

The plane had dropped Holtz off at Lady's Island, flown to Savannah for refueling and then crashed Sunday night as it returned to pick up Holtz, Beaufort County Coroner Curt Copeland said.

The plane went down in a wooded area on Dataw Island accessible only by foot.

A Marine Corps Air Station air traffic controller in Beaufort had reported a small plane in trouble. The reports of the crash came as misting rain covered the area, The Beaufort Gazette reported.

The plane was found upside down and with both wings broken off. A fire started after the crash.

The crash killed 65-year-old pilot Dewey Foster and injured 77-year-old co-pilot Joseph Baier. Baier had surgery, Copeland said, and Holtz visited Baier in the hospital before returning to Columbia, university spokesman Russ McKinney said.

In other college football news: A contingent of Baltimore officials attended the Army-Navy game at Veterans Stadium earlier this month seeking intelligence about how to host the nation's oldest college football rivalry.

Baltimore's PSINet Stadium will hold the game in 2000. It returns to Philadelphia for two years, but the contract expires in 2002 and could be replaced with one giving the game in alternating years to Baltimore and somewhere in upstate New York.

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