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(FOLEY, Ala.) — A pilot in Alabama made a very lucky escape after his plane crash-landed yesterday — and the whole incident was caught on camera.

The twin-engine Cessna aircraft went down in front of a towing company in Foley, Alabama, hitting several trees before it went up in flames. That’s when the pilot, Russell Smith, “busted out of the airplane,” according to Foley Municipal Airport Lineman Corey Kirkwood.

“All hell was breaking loose,” Smith said. “It happened so quick I didn’t have time to think.”

Miraculously, Smith walked away with only minor injuries to his hands. He didn’t even go to the hospital.

Kirkwood told ABC News that the plane “took an insane amount of time to take off,” he said, adding that the aircraft barely cleared the fence and clipped the tree line past the end of the runway where it went down.

Smith was the sole passenger. A salvage company will retrieve the remnants of the plane when the FAA is finished examining it.

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