- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

FOLEY, Ala. (AP) - Federal investigators say a pilot who walked away from a fiery crash in southern Alabama escaped the burning wreckage through a rear exit, landing on his back as he hit the ground.

Dramatic video captured the plane falling from the sky April 26 in Foley, Alabama, (https://bit.ly/26EU6Xh ).

The National Transportation Safety Board says in a recently released preliminary report that the pilot found himself upside down after the crash. Investigators say he released his seat belt, saw fire and opened the rear hatch to fall to the ground.

The report says two bystanders then led him away from the burning aircraft.

The NTSB says the plane bound for Carrollton, Georgia, began hitting treetops shortly after takeoff from Foley Municipal Airport. It then slammed into three large oak trees, flipped over, hit the ground and exploded.

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