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    Plane crashes; family aboard is safe

    ©Associated Press
    February 3, 2003

    TITUSVILLE -- A small plane with a family of four on board crashed into power lines shortly after takeoff Sunday, but the family apparently escaped with minor injuries, police said.

    The 39-year-old pilot, his 37-year-old wife, and their two children, ages 11 and 9, escaped from the wreckage of the Beechcraft Sierra, police said. They were trying to return home to Summerfield, N.C., from a Florida cruise vacation.

    The plane lost power shortly after takeoff at Space Coast Regional Airport, then clipped two power lines and fell into a swath of trees inside airport property, police spokesman Todd Hutchinson said.

    "The plane was heavily damaged. Luckily, they all got out and walked away," Hutchinson said.

    Firefighters extinguished a small fire sparked by the downed power lines. The family members, whose identities were not released, were taken to Parrish Medical Center as a precaution.

    "They were obviously visibly shaken and were a little disoriented," Hutchinson said.

    Hospital officials did not return a call seeking comment.

    The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

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