The unidentified man in his mid-20s was not seriously injuredafter the plane's engine died in midair, witnesses and authoritiessaid. He kicked open the door of the burning plane and stepped outwith a bleeding lower lip, witness Alan Byers said.
Byers asked him if he OK. "He just looked down at himself andsaid 'I think so,"' Byers said.
Around 10:40 p.m. the plane clipped a tree in Byers' front yardand flew into overhead cable wires.
Byers said the pilot said that once he descended below theclouds with a failing engine, "he said he knew he was going down,he saw the road and then hit the tree."
The plane from Raleigh was headed to Charlotte and was carrying mail.
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