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Two dead after small plane crashes on Detroit's east side

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Russ Nelson
The single-engine plane crashed onto a vacant lot in a neighborhood on Detroit’s east side. It’s about a mile from the Coleman A. Young International Airport in Detroit. ";s:

Two people died and one person was injured when a small plane crashed in a neighborhood on Detroit's east side Sunday.

The 17-year-old survivor is in critical condition at Detroit Receiving Hospital.

The plane was on fire when a resident broke a window with an ax and pulled him out.

Authorities say the single-engine plane apparently hit a power line and a tree before crashing into a vacant lot about a mile from the Coleman A. Young International Airport.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the pilot reported landing gear problems and low fuel shortly before the crash.

Lauren Talley is Michigan Radio’s Morning Edition producer. She produces and edits studio interviews and feature stories, and helps manage the “Mornings in Michigan” series. Lauren also serves as the lead substitute host for Morning Edition.
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