Plane Catches Fire in Bluetown
POSTED: Friday, June 1, 2012 - 3:14pm
UPDATED: Friday, June 1, 2012 - 3:51pm
A single engine crop duster caught fire in Bluetown Friday.
The La Feria Fire Department says the fire started at around 11 this morning. Witnesses say the pilot is from Mexico and just came back from crop dusting.
The pilot shut off the plane and remained in the cockpit while workers checked out the plane before it took off to do more crop dusting.
"They lifted a panel inside the aircraft and saw smoke coming from the fuselage, from there somehow it caught fire."
These two witnesses saw the plane and the pilot catch fire.
"The pilot ran saying his body was on fire."
Wilfredo Zamora tried to put out the flames on the pilot.
"I sprayed him with water and also the plane."
The pilot suffered burn injuries to his arms and face.
Shortly after the La Feria fire department arrived and put out the remaining flames on the plane. The cause of the fire is still unknown. At this time condition of the pilot is also unknown.