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Pilot Who Made Emergency Landing Crashes on Second Attempt

The pilot who made an emergency landing on a busy street near Baton Rouge Wednesday, crashed his plane while trying to take off from the same street Thursday afternoon.   Television news crews captured the crash on videotape.   The pilot was not injured.  

The pilot, Michael Simon of Eunice, Louisiana and his wife made the emergency landing after running out of fuel on a trip from South Carolina to Baton Rouge.   They were about three miles from the Baton Rouge Metro Airport when the pilot put his plane down on Plank Road in Baker, Louisiana.  The couple was not injured in the emergency landing.  

Late Wednesday, workers attempted to put the plane on a flatbed truck and haul it to the airport but the plane was too big.   The pilot decided Thursday to try to take off from the same roadway.  His plane first hit the mirror of an 18-wheeler and then hit a fire department emergency vehicle.  The impact with the fire department truck caused part of the plane's wing to fall off.  The plane then headed into a wooded area.   

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