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  • 21 December 2013, 10:55

Pilot Pulled From Burning Crash Wreckage

The pilot of a small plane has been rescued after he crashed at Tampa International Airport in Florida.

He has been identified as Mark Love, who lived in Tampa.

Mr Love made a distress call to the airport before the Cessna aircraft went down.

"I've lost oil pressure ... Running a little rough here, I should be able to make it though," he is heard saying in the recording.

According to in Florida, Tampa police officers Dave Dennison and Brian Gentry were on patrol in a helicopter when they heard the call.

They landed just after the single-engine plane did. The engine burst into flames, with the unconscious pilot still inside the plane.

In the recording, Mr Dennison says: "I'm going to put my observer on the group and try to rescue the pilot."

The video shows a man pulling a body out of the wreckage.

Mr Dennison then states: "My partner has pulled the pilot out of the wreckage."

Mr Love was taken to hospital.

In a tweet on Friday morning, Tampa International Airport's staff said the pilot was "injured but OK".

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