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N.C. Man Walks Away From S.C. Plane Crash

Posted June 18, 2003 6:11 a.m. EDT

— A Pineville, N.C., man crashed a single-engine plane onto the lawn of a Fort Mill house late Tuesday night, but managed to walk away from the accident.

The unidentified man in his mid-20s was not seriously injured after the plane's engine died in midair, witnesses and authorities said. He kicked open the door of the burning plane and stepped out with a bleeding lower lip, witness Alan Byers said.

Byers asked him if he OK. "He just looked down at himself and said 'I think so,"' Byers said.

Around 10:40 p.m. the plane clipped a tree in Byers' front yard and flew into overhead cable wires.

Byers said the pilot said that once he descended below the clouds 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.