New Jersey Couple Critically Burned in Plane Crash

New Jersey Couple Critically Burned in Plane Crash

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(Elko, NV-AP) -- A New Jersey couple is in critical condition in a Salt Lake City hospital after their plane crashed on take-off from an airport in Elko, Nevada.

The crash happened yesterday around 8:30 a-m.

Police say the four-seat Beechcraft en route to Salt Lake City rolled across a highway at the end of the runway and struck some road signs before coming to a stop.

The front end of the plane burst into flames, but firefighters quickly responded after the plane stopped across the street from the city's main fire station.

The 72-year-old pilot suffered burns over 60 percent of his body and his 69-year-old wife suffered facial burns.

The pair were flown to Salt Lake City after being treated at an Elko hospital.

The F-A-A is investigating the cause of the crash.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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