Grandfather, son survive private plane crash in Alexander City, AL

Grandfather and son survive private plane crash in Alexander City, Alabama Sunday morning
Published: Jun. 25, 2018 at 12:26 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 27, 2018 at 2:16 PM EDT
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ALEXANDER CITY, AL (WTVM) - Airport managers are calling it a miracle after two people walked away from a private plane crash in Alexander City, Alabama Sunday morning without any injuries.

"They walked away. That's just absolutely the miracle of the day," says Airport Manager Mike Smith.

Mike Smith says around nine o'clock Sunday morning, a grandfather and his grandson were in a private plane crash after the pilot lost power to the engine. He says the pilot flew through trees and landed a quarter of a mile away from the Alexander City Airport behind a Taco Bell.

"He experienced an engine failure, realized he wasn't going to make it to the airport, saw this patch of grass here and he turned to go to it. He clipped some trees and the power line. It knocked out the power in the area," says Smith.

Smith says shortly after the crash, the plane burst into flames prompting fire crews to the scene.

The fire was well engulfed in the plane and there was nothing we could do until we were sure that the power lines were not active," says Captain of the Alexander City Fire Department Wayne Windsor.

Airport managers say the pilot had just had the plane inspected the day before the crash. The pilot was traveling from Atlanta to Alexander City when the crash happened. Airport managers say now the Federal Aviation Association is investigating.

"After the FAA tells us we can clear the scene, we'll carry it and put it back in the airport. At that point it becomes his insurance's problem," says Smith.

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