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Three Airlifted To Hospital For Severe Burns Following Pompano Beach Plane Crash

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POMPANO BEACH (CBSMiami) – The three people inside a small plane that crashed into a Pompano Beach home were airlifted to another hospital for their severe injuries.

Though the trio did suffer serious burns escaping from the fiery wreckage Monday, they are very lucky to be alive.

"We have three patients. We have three trauma alerts at this time. All three patients are alive," fire rescue said.

They were alive but in critical condition.

Two men and a woman were aboard the single engine prop plane when it went down and burst into flames.

The three people inside seen by witnesses severely burned as they crawled out of the fiery wreckage.

"And then a lady climbed over the privacy fence of a house to the north," explained neighbor Dorine Wollangk. "You could tell she had been injured badly. Her shoe was missing. She was burned badly."

Another neighbor, Geremy Algarin, said, "The lady was sitting up, two other guys were sitting down – his face was all beat up the other guy his skin was kind of burned."

After first being taken to Broward Health Medical Center and Broward North, at least two of the victims were then airlifted from Broward to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami Dade.  The JMH burn unit is considered one of the top burn treatment facilities in the nation.

"They were all severe burn injuries over 30 to 40 percent of their bodies," said Pompano Beach Fire Rescue Chief John Jurgle. "Two of the victims were outside the plane and were assisted by a citizen. The third victim may have been ejected from the plane and again was assisted by a citizen."

All three victims will be treated for burns at JMH.

Neighbors feel fortunate there were no injuries on the ground.

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