Authorities say 2 seriously injured in single-engine plane crash west of Athens

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ATHENS, Alabama — Officials say two people have been hospitalized with serious injuries after a single-engine plane crashed in north Alabama.

Al.com reports (http://bit.ly/1tBXZVY ) the crash happened Sunday afternoon a few miles west of Athens. Dennis Blakely, assistant fire chief of the Owens Volunteer Fire Department, said the Pipe Cherokee 180 clipped a power line as the pilot was approaching to land at a nearby airfield. The plane struck the ground nose-first, but did not catch fire.

Blakely identified the pilot as Dr. Max Boone, an Athens physician who owned the plane. Boone's wife was also on board. Both were taken by helicopter to Huntsville Hospital, and Blakely said the couple was talking with firefighters before being taken away.

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