Small Plane Crashes Into Florida Supermarket

5 injured as plane plunges through roof of Publix
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 3, 2012 2:23 AM CDT
Updated Apr 3, 2012 3:05 AM CDT
Small Plane Crashes Into Florida Supermarket
First responders work at the scene of the crash in DeLand, Florida.   (AP Photo)

At least five people were injured when a small, experimental plane crashed into a supermarket in Florida last evening. The pilot and a passenger suffered severe burns, and three shoppers suffered non-life threatening injuries after the aircraft plunged into a Publix supermarket in DeLand, about 20 miles west of Daytona Beach, AP reports. The supermarket is in a shopping center just off the southern end of the city's airport.

"A small single-engine plane spiraled right down and through the roof and just exploded," a witness tells the Orlando Sentinel. "Not a piece of the plane came out. It's all in the store." Publix employees say the pilot and passenger climbed from the plane with their clothing on fire after the crash, WFTV reports. The manager of the meat department helped put out the fires. (More plane crash stories.)

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