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Single-engine plane crash near downtown Birmingham (update)

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The single-engine plane crash landed near The Furnace, a gentleman's club at 309 28th Street North in Birmingham (abc3340.com). The single-engine plane crash landed near The Furnace, a gentleman's club at 309 28th Street North in Birmingham (abc3340.com).

Birmingham Police are working a single-engine plane crash at the intersection of 2nd Avenue North and 28th Street SW.

Sgt. Johnnie Williams confirmed to ABC 33/40 that a male pilot along with a female passenger made a crash landing in a field near the gentleman's club The Furnace.  The couple was flying to Tampa, Fla. from Kansas City, Missouri and planned to land at Birmingham International Airport to refuel, but low clouds caused poor visibility, leading to the accident.

Witnesses reported seeing a parachute deployed, but it was not attached to the pilot or passenger.  The Cirrus 22 aircraft they were flying was equipped with the Cirrus Aircraft Parachute System.  In the event of an emergency like the one today, the plane's parachute is deployed assisting in slowing the descent of the aircraft to the ground.

The pilot was not hurt, but the female was taken to UAB Hospital with minor injuries.


The Cirrus SR22 plane sits in a field near The Furnace after a crash landing on Saturday, October 5, 2012.(abc3340.com)

According to FlightAware, the plane took off from Wheeler Downtown Airport in Kansas City at 9:18 a.m. and was schedule to land at BHM at 12:12 p.m., but instead landed in the field near The Furnace.  The plane had flown the same flight plan as the pilot's today, but with opposite destinations, just 10 days ago on September 27.  The plane made a stop in Birmingham that day in between flying from Peter O'Knight Airport in Tampa to Kansas City.

Below is the flight graph with speed, altitude and time throughout the trip:


Click here to view the full flight log on FlightAware.com

We will continue to update you as information becomes available.

Updated at 1:20 p.m. to include additional information about the pilot and passenger.

Updated at 1:45 p.m. to include information about the flight plan and model aircraft.

 

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