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Plane Crash-Lands On Highway, Bursts Into Flames

July 18, 1991

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) _ A twin-engine plane crash-landed on an interstate highway and burst into flames seconds after the pilot and two passengers escaped the wreckage.

No one was seriously injured in Wednesday’s crash. Flying debris broke some car windows when Frankie Buffington landed the Beechcraft Queen Air with the flow of traffic on Interstate 20, authorities said.

Buffington said he decided to land on the highway after his right propeller began spinning out of control.

Dozens of motorists pulled over when the plane clipped a power line and a light pole, bounced off the median and skidded to a halt, authorities said.

″I had a choice of hitting a big hill or the road,″ Buffington said. ″So, I hit the road.″

Buffington cut his hand. His passengers, Randy Gaut and Gaut’s 10-year-old son, escaped with no serious injuries.

″We’re very fortunate and very thankful and very glad to be alive,″ Gaut said.

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