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Two people hurt in plane fire at South Texas airshow

Two people hurt in plane fire at South Texas airshow
Monday, March 14, 2011 - 1:42am

A husband-wife aerobatics team suffered extensive burns when the engine on the aerobatics plane burst into flames, forcing them into a fiery crash-landing at a South Texas airshow.

Kyle and Amanda Franklin were airlifted to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio after the Saturday accident.

Airshow spokesman Chris Hughston says doctors listed Amanda Franklin in critical condition but are "cautiously optimistic" of her recovery, while Kyle Franklin is in stable condition.

The incident happened at Air Fiesta 2011 at Brownsville-South Padre Island International Airport.

Hughston says Amanda Franklin was in the middle of her wing-walking act with her husband at the controls when the engine erupted in flames.

She was able to scramble back into the plane and her husband made a crash landing as flames enveloped the biplane.

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