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4 injured in Chattanooga plane crash

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Four occupants of a twin-engine propeller plane that crashed in the parking lot of a shopping center were being treated in a hospital Thursday.

Investigators were looking into whether the plane ran out of fuel as it approached to land at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport on a flight from Birmingham, Ala., police Sgt. Jerri Weary said.

Ron Turner, the owner of Lexington, Ky.-based electrical contracting company Amteck of Kentucky, was on the plane with his son, company president Daren Turner, and brother-in-law, Louis Mullins, said John Dougherty, a project manager for Amteck.

Ron Turner was in guarded condition at Erlanger Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said. The other two men were in fair condition. The pilot, whose name and condition were not released, was also being treated at the hospital.

Witnesses told police that the plane was approaching the nearby runway at an unusually low altitude when it clipped a utility pole and cartwheeled into at least two unoccupied cars in the parking lot of the Brainerd Village Shopping Center.

One of the bystanders who helped rescue the occupants, medical assistant Melissa Davis, said all four were conscious and talking when they were rescued.

A block of the busy commercial road near where the plane came to rest was closed Thursday for the investigation. The site is about five miles east of downtown Chattanooga.

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