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Clearwater plane crash passenger still hospitalized, but improving

A passenger on the plane that crashed into a Clearwater home Sunday remained in the hospital with multiple injuries Monday but is showing signs of improvement.

Charles Uslander, 54, of 2076 Sunset Point Road, was rushed to Bayfront Medical Center on Sunday in critical condition after the single-engine Piper crashed at 305 Patricia Ave. shortly after takeoff from Clearwater Airpark. The plane also struck two trees and a utility pole.

Uslander was listed in serious condition Monday morning, a hospital administrator said. His injuries included broken ribs and vertebrae, said his ex-wife, Athena Uslander, 55, reached by telephone at her Illinois home.

"They're waiting for the swelling to go down to decide if they need to do surgery," she said.

She said Uslander's wife is the sister of the plane's pilot, Ernesto Gonzalez, 48. County records show Uslander and Pilar Gonzalez married Sept. 3, 2002.

Charles Uslander had delivered relief supplies to Haiti before, his ex-wife said. He texted their son Saturday night to say he was going back to help an orphanage there.

Her son got a call from his stepmother Sunday. Pilar Gonzalez told him about the plane crash and kept them in the loop with Uslander's injuries.

"They were just trying to help," Athena Uslander said. "They had been going there back and forth."

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Clearwater plane crash passenger still hospitalized, but improving 05/17/10 [Last modified: Monday, May 17, 2010 11:25am]

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