Security Camera Catches a Small Plane Crash After Takeoff in Mobile, Alabama

The pilot walked away with only a few burns after the plane crashed and exploded.
1:05 | 04/28/16

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We're going to turn next tonight to the pilot making a dramatic escape after a fiery crash, his plane slamming into trees in Alabama, bursting into flames. ABC's Steve osunsami with the pictures and how the pilot managed to survive. Reporter: It didn't look good at all. From the security camera at the little bitty towing company outside mobile, you see the moment when this twin engine Cessna crashes a few feet away from their office Tuesday. Witnesses say it was leaking fuel even before it crashed, and you can see them running back and forth, worried it might explode. And then the fire grew. Authorities say that pilot Russell smith had just taken off from a small airport. As you see here, no one's looking at this thinking he survived. But when they push through the smoke, they end up pulling him from the flame. He walks away with only a few small burns and lives to tell the story. All hell's breaking lose, it happened so quick, I didn't have time to think. Reporter: Smith refused treatment and went back to the airport to get his car. Everyone else in the story thinks he ought to play the lottery tonight. Steve osunsami, ABC news, Atlanta. Sounds like a good idea,

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