Pilot who survived small plane crash in Bayonne thanks rescuers

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Lucy Yang has the latest details.

The pilot who miraculously survived after his small plane crashed into a New Jersey neighborhood is now speaking out.

56-year-old George Pettway saying in a statement he is thankful to all the people who ran to his help, including strangers, emergency crews, and hospital staff.

The FAA says the Piper PA-28 crashed in the area of Avenue E and East 41st Street.

Officials say Pettway was trapped inside the plane screaming 'get me out!'

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The plane ended up upside down, with some of the wreckage entangled in power lines.

"I actually did see a flash go by, and then I heard 'boom, boom, boom' and I ran outside," says eyewitness Anthony Palmisano.

No one on the ground was injured. Four cars on the street were destroyed or damaged in the crash. The plane also narrowly missed a gas station.

He suffered a broken a broken arm and ribs.

Authorities say Pettway encountered mechanical issues just before his plane went down Sunday in Bayonne.
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