Pilot's condition improves after fiery crash

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- University Hospital says the condition of a pilot who survived a crash in a Roy neighborhood has improved.

Hospital spokesman Phil Sahm says Clayton Roop's condition has been upgraded to serious from critical.

Roop's family has said he suffered severe burns on his hands and face. Officials say he also broke a leg.

Fire Chief Jon Ritchie says it's a miracle that the 46-year-old pilot survived the crash without injuring 17 people inside two houses clipped by the plane's wings. Both houses were set afire.

Roop landed his single-engine Cessna 210 about 2,100 feet short of a runway in dense fog at the Ogden-Hinckley Airport Sunday.

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