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Dramatic dashcam footage captures plane crashing in fireball

Commentary: No one is seriously hurt after a blazing plane crashes on a road in Washington state.

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Not your everyday sight as you're stuck in traffic.

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When you see it in movies, you admire the skills of the stunt pilot.

When you see it in real life, you surely just stare open-mouthed and hope no one will be hurt.

On Tuesday afternoon, a small plane suddenly lurched over a highway, burst into flames and crashed onto a road in Mukilteo, Washington.

A driver's dashcam captured footage as the plane veered and disappeared from view as fire and smoke poured from it.

The Piper PA-32 Cherokee Six appears to have struck power lines and a traffic light pole, which bounces up and down after the plane has disappeared from sight.

The Mukilteo Police Department tweeted a picture of the crashed plane along with just a few words: "Plane down no injuries."

The police tweeted another dramatic picture with another factual comment: "Eastbound traffic blocked from Cyrus Way."

A police department spokesman told me that the plane struck power lines and the impact caused outages throughout the city.

"The aircraft also struck a traffic signal which ruptured a fuel cell that caused a mid-air fuel spill and a vehicle fire," he said.

Contrary to its earlier tweet, the department says that two people reported minor injuries. One was treated and released at the scene and the other was transported to a local hospital. The pilot was a 30-year-old man from Oregon. The National Transportation Safety Board is now investigating what happened.

Those below were both helpless and terrified that the plane might land on them.

"I didn't know what to do. I saw so much fire I just got out. I felt the heat go right by," Steven Welch told the Herald.

"I thought it was the end of our lives," Khai Nouri told King 5.

Dashcam videos of planes crashing have sometimes documented deadly events. Then again, two years ago a dashcam captured a small plane merging with Southern California traffic.

In Mukilteo, the greatest relief is that there were no serious injuries.


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