Pilot from Lyons, Colo., 3 others survive small plane crash

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TURTLECREEK TOWNSHIP, Ohio — A pilot from Colorado and three family members are recovering after a fiery plane crash.

The plane went down Wednesday afternoon in Warren County, Ohio, 30 miles north of Cincinnati.

Authorities said 32-year old Zebulon Bowles of Lyons, Colo. noticed the engine compartment door was open and began circling back to Lebanon-Warren Airport when the plane lost power.

Witnesses say the plane clipped trees and power lines before it crashed.

“There was a neighbor that came right out to put the fire out,” said Julie Nolan. “She said there was a trail of fire that was going across the street.”

Nolan says she immediately lost power to her home.

“It was this big, black circle of smoke.”

With the pilot were his two brothers, 22-year old Wilson Bowles of Arcata, California and 30-year old Zachary Bowles of Sacramento.

With just seconds to spare, they pulled out a fourth person, 30-year old Katherine Bowles.

Katherine was airlifted to Miami Valley hospital and in is in critical condition. The three brothers were treated and released.

The FAA continues to investigate.

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