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Plane crashes in Monroe, pilot survives

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UPDATE: As of 10:30p.m. Tuesday, fuel is leaking from the plane again and crews are on location. Ouachita Parish Sheriff Deputies say the scene is contained and there are no immediate threats.
MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - We're learning a little bit more about what caused the plane to crash and the timeline of events. We spoke with someone very close to this situation who has more on the pilot of the plane.

Shortly before 11 a.m. a plane went down in the parking lot of McDonald's.

The pilot, Ray Martin, and one other man, Mike Brown, own the plane. We talked to Brown's son, Greg. He's close with Martin and said Martin knew the plane was going to crash.

"He knew that plane was going to the ground and he had to get it there however he could without hurting anyone or anything," Brown said.  

Brown said the plane had been grounded in Monroe since November. The engine had just been re-built and re-installed. Brown said Martin had taken the plane up to make sure everything was working properly.

“He started having fuel issues. And according to his mayday the engine started cutting out and it died when he was trying to get back to the Monroe Regional Airport," Brown said.

 Brown said Martin is in stable condition, but has a long road of recovery in front of him.

"He is a very experienced crop duster. And to be truthful with you the conversations I've had with people, rescuers at the scene, I think a general aviation pilot would have never gotten that plane on the ground without hurting other people or killing himself," Brown said.  

And the only other damage that was really done was to a car in the McDonald's parking lot.

We also spoke with a supervisor from McDonald's. She says the restaurant will be closed on Wednesday and isn't sure when it'll re-open.
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