4 injured in Helena plane crash still hospitalized

HELENA, Ala. (WIAT) – Four passengers injured in a small plane crash near Highway 52 remain in UAB hospital Friday.

Two passengers, Danny Smith and Katie Hargrove, have been upgraded to “Good” condition while Andy Smith and Sharon Smith are in “Fair” condition, according to a UAB spokeswoman.

Friday morning FAA investigators sifted through the crash site, taking pictures and searching for evidence. An aircraft removal team hoisted the plane’s wings and front propeller onto a truck and hauled them away.

The plane crashed in Rebecca Parr’s backyard garden.

“I was in the house and I heard a loud roar,” Parr said. “And I ran out the back door and all I could see was the black smoke.”

Parr said she opened her gate for the ambulance and grabbed towels for the victims. Her neighbor, Duane Lovelady, pulled all four passengers out of the burning plane.

Parr said the pilot, Danny Smith, was still conscious after the crash.

“He said, ‘Get my wife, get my kids,’” Parr said. “And he knew his arm was broken, so he said, ‘Don’t get my arm, pull this arm.’”

Parr runs an online flower business. She said she will have to replace one bed of lilies.

“I’m just glad it had a happy ending.”

According to FAA Spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen, the crash investigation will last several months.

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