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Two survive fiery plane crash in Broward

Kristian Patton was fishing Sunday in the Everglades when she heard two popping noises.

"Just saw smoke coming up like it was a wildfire," said Patton.

Patton drove toward the smoke and then saw flames coming from a small plane that had crashed.  Two people were standing nearby.

"I asked if everyone was OK, I didn't hear anything back so I got out of the way as the fire trucks pulled up," said Patton.

"When you see the images of the aircraft and how badly it was damaged, they were absolutely lucky to walk away," said Coral Springs Division Fire Chief Mike Moser.

Just before 11 am, the plane left Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport bound for Lynchburg, Virginia.  The pilot was 52 year-old Kenneth McKenzie.  The passenger was identified as his wife, 50-year-old Gloria McKenzie.

"Shortly after take off, they experienced a problem with the oil pressure and ultimately an engine failure, " said Mike Jachles with the Broward County Sheriff's Office.

McKenzie managed to make a hard landing.  The plane burst into flames on impact.  Sonya McKenzie is listed in good condition at Broward Health North.  Kenneth McKenzie was first stabilized then transferred to the Jackson Memorial Burn Unit in Miami.

"The fact their injuries are non-life threatening is pretty good news," said Division Chief Moser.

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