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Enterprise man injured while crashing plane

PHENIX CITY (AP) — An Enterprise man who piloted a small plane to a crash landing at a Phenix City intersection was listed in satisfactory condition at a hospital Wednesday.

Authorities said Robert Phillip Dunn, 66, brought the plane down about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Riverchase Drive and Airport Road.

"It slid across the roadway before it came to a stop just outside a tree line," Russell County EMA director Chance Corbett said.

Some teens playing ball at a nearby field said they saw the crash and came to the aid of Dunn. "He was covered in blood ... didn't say much but said, 'I'm alright,' " said Joshua Reynolds.

A retired colonel who learned to fly in the Army, Dunn occasionally picked up private piloting work and was flying a twin-engine Piper model aircraft Tuesday registered to Grayton News Transportation, a newspaper.

Dunn's son, Burton Dunn, said his father had just dropped a passenger off at an airport in Columbus, Ga., before taking off again.

He reported mechanical troubles and was trying to make it back to Columbus when he made the emergency landing, according to his son.

He was taken to Emory Hospital in Atlanta for treatment of his injuries.

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