Pilot Survives Plane Crash


A plane crashed about five miles Southeast of Salem Tuesday afternoon.

73-year-old Eugene Mitchell, of Portland, was flying from Albany to Aurora when his plane had mechanical problems and then caught fire in flight.

Mitchell landed in a field and got out of the plane by himself before it was consumed by the fire.

Mitchell was treated at a hospital and released. He's a military veteran with flying experience dating back to the Vietnam War.

The NTSB will investigate the cause of the crash.

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