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Plane Crashes in Downtown Mobile, Ala.

April 25, 2003

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) _ A single-engine plane crashed on a city street Thursday night and burst into flames. Officials said a passerby pulled the pilot from the burning wreckage.

The pilot, the plane’s lone occupant, was taken to a local hospital. The extent of his injuries was not immediately known.

The pilot contacted the airport tower shortly after 8 p.m. to report a problem, said Marc Pelham, director of marketing for the Mobile Airport Authority. The nature of the problem wasn’t known.

A passerby saw the crash and rushed to the scene, pulling the pilot from the wreckage, police said.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the TBM-7 single-engine turboprop was flying from Lawrenceville, Ga., to Mobile.

Pelham said the plane clipped power lines on its way down. Once it hit the ground, the plane broke in two and caught fire, he said.

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