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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 WTSP.com 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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