By azfamily.com News Staff

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS5) — One person is injured after a small plane crashed in a neighborhood in north Phoenix.

The crash happened near 31st Avenue and Deer Valley Road around 3 p.m. on Tuesday. 

Phoenix fire said the pilot, a man in his 50’s, was alert and talking when he was transported to the hospital. He is currently listed in critical condition with second and third degree burns.

When firefighters arrived on the scene, the plane was on fire and crews were able to remove the pilot  out of the plane.

According to Phoenix fire, a bystander helped remove the pilot from the plane before firefighters arrived. A spokesperson for Phoenix fire believes the bystander helped save the pilot’s life.

Video from our news helicopter showed a single-engine plane down on Deer Valley Road, just west of 31st Avenue. Deer Valley Road will be closed between 31st and 35th avenues for several hours.

The Federal Aviation Administration said a single-engine Mooney M20 crashed under unknown circumstances, one mile west of Deer Valley Airport. The tail number is N576CM.

The FAA and the NTSB will investigate.

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