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Pilot Seriously Injured in Explosive Tahoe Plane Crash

September 23, 2011

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September 23, 2011

A pilot was seriously injured when a twin-engine plane crashed and exploded on Wednesday, September 21, shortly after take-off from Truckee Tahoe Airport in Truckee, California.

The Sacramento Bee reports that the crash occurred around 9:20 a.m. when the pilot’s Piper Aztec crashed into an airport parking lot and then burned.

The pilot had to be airlifted to a Reno hospital. Witnesses say the pilot managed to extricate himself from the plane before it burst into flames.

"[The crash victim] looked in surprisingly good shape for a guy who had just run his plane into the ground," said a witness. "[The plane] went relatively quickly into the ground, hitting the wing and nose at the same time.”

The witness also told The Sacramento Bee that the plane was only about 50 feet above the ground when it veered left and then crashed.

No one else was in the plane at the time. The plane is registered to a Bakersfield, California, man.

Both the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause of the aviation accident.

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Photo Credit: The Sacramento Bee

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