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Pilot sustains minor injuries in Alabaster plane crash

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Authorities at the scene of the crash. Source: Sherea Harris/WBRC Authorities at the scene of the crash. Source: Sherea Harris/WBRC
The plane crashed into a tree before landing on a van in a back yard. Source: Nic Fisher The plane crashed into a tree before landing on a van in a back yard. Source: Nic Fisher
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ALABASTER, AL (WBRC) -

Authorities say that a pilot has sustained minor injuries after a plane crash in Alabaster.

The Shelby County Airport confirmed the plane had crashed in the 900 block of 10th Street Southwest in Alabaster Wednesday afternoon. Alabaster Police began receiving 9-1-1 calls around 2 p.m.

The plane appears to have clipped a tree before coming to land upside down in the backyard of a home. A van was damaged in the landing. The pilot was taken to UAB to be treated for minor injuries.

Nic Fisher says that he and his mother saw the crash happen and that they ran to the scene before EMS were able to arrive.

"When [the pilot] crashed we ran over there," Fisher said. "And then we had him out...he had a bump on his head."

Other neighbors who spoke with FOX6 News report hearing a loud boom at the time of the crash.

Fisher says that the pilot told him the fuel injector in the plane may have failed though an official cause of the crash is still unknown. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is on the way to the scene to begin their investigation.

Investigators cleared the scene around 6 p.m. but the wreckage remains in Maddison McBride's backyard.

McBride says it's a blessing she and her family weren't home when the plane landed Wednesday.

"I mean, it's a blessing that everybody's OK. The pilot is OK is what they said. So it's a blessing. It could have been a lot worse," she said.

Check back to this story, Twitter @myfoxal and Facebook for continuing updates.

Reporter Sherea Harris is at the scene and will have the latest report during FOX6 News at 10. You can watch on air, online at http://foxalabamalive.com and through the WBRC News app.

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