Washington plane explodes into fireball: Car dashcam captures footage

A number of vehicles were damaged but there were no serious injuries

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A plane crashed through power lines and a traffic light pole before exploding into a fireball after suffering engine problems.

The incredible explosion was captured on the dashcam of a car sat in traffic on a road in Washington state, USA.

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Drivers on the road said they could feel the heat from the fireball from inside their vehicles as it filled the sky above, but remarkably no one was seriously injured.

The captain of the plane has been praised for choosing the section of road - as an open clearing between trees - to fly the plane into when he realised it had engine problems.

Credits: Simon Li/Youtube

The plane strikes the power lines on the way down

Credits: Simon Li/YoutubeThe plane's contact with the power lines triggers a flash of sparks

The video footage shows the car moving slowly in traffic and as the driver pulls up, a plane suddenly appears and heads straight for the intersection.

The single engine plane crashes through a power line, clips the traffic lights overhanging the intersection and explodes into a huge fireball.

Incredibly, the traffic lights remain up, but bounce up and down from the impact.

Sparks fly from the power lines as the plane crashes through them.

Smoke fills the sky over the packed lanes of traffic, as motorists watch in terror.

The crash took place above Mukilteo Boulevard Southwest in Mukilteo, Washington, US, at about 3.40pm on Tuesday.

Credits: Simon Li/YoutubeThe fireball over the traffic intersection

The plane had just taken off from nearby Paine Field Airport.

The power line damage caused a brief power cut in the area, Snohomish County Public Utilities District confirmed.

But while a number of cars were damaged, local reports said there were remarkably no serious injuries.

Credits: MukilteoPolice/TwitterFirefighters attend to the plane after the crash

Credits: MukilteoPolice/TwitterThe pilot and his passenger escaped

Credits: FoxIt is believed the fuel cell was what could be seen exploding

It was reported the plane's fuel cell exploded.

The pilot and his passenger walked away from the incident, Q13 Fox reports.

Amanda Hayes told the station she and a co-worker ducked down under the dashboard after the wing of the plane clipped their van.

"We saw the plane losing altitude," she said.

Credits: FoxAn ambulance attended the scene but no one was seriously injured

Credits: FoxFirefighters with one vehicle damaged in the incident

Credits: MukilteoPolice/TwitterA damaged car at the scene

"It was rapidly losing maintainable altitude. I got more nervous and more shaken.

"We definitely felt the fireball as it went over the van."

National Transportation Safety Board investigators have praised the pilot, saying he picked the street as an open clearing between trees when he realised the plane was suffering from engine problems.

The plane ended a couple of hundred yards from the intersection, the body said.

Resident and pilot Ron Cohen reportedly said of the plane's pilot: "It looks like he did an incredible job."


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