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Pilot in critical condition after plane crashes onto north Phoenix road

PHOENIX – A man was hospitalized in critical condition after the small passenger plane he was piloting crash landed and caught fire on a north Phoenix street Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

The single-engine Mooney M20 went down near the intersection of Deer Valley Road and 31st Avenue, Captain Danny Gile of the Phoenix Fire Department said in an email.

The 50-year-old pilot was the only person on board. He suffered second- and third-degree burns, Gile said.

The Phoenix Police Department said Deer Valley Road between 31st and 35th avenues was expected to remain closed for an extended period of time while the scene was being investigated and cleaned up.

Authorities said the plane took off from Scottsdale Airport, about 13 miles from the crash site, and was headed to Nevada

Television footage showed the charred remains of the plane with one wing sheared off.

No other details were immediately available.

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the cause of the crash.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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