Monday, March 26, 2012

Pilot jumps from burning plane in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Croatian Times

A pilot of a Cessna Sports aircraft is in hospital after jumping from his burning plane when it crash landed near Konavle in the city of Dubrovnik on the Dalmatian coast last night (Sunday), reported Croatian radio television.

The pilot, who was alone in the plane, was lucky to survive after his light plane caught fire after experiencing engine problems. Shortly after taking off from Dubrovnik airport, the man got in contact with airport flight control after noticing problems with his aircraft, and then made his way for an emergency landing at an old runway which he was familiar with. Upon landing, his Cessna caught fire and the 63-year-old pilot had to jump to his safety. He was rushed to Dubrovnik hospital as firefighters came to the scene to extinguish the burning plane.

The exact cause of the accident will be known after the completion of investigations by professional air accident investigators.

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