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When firefighters dispatched from the Chino Valley Fire District arrived at the scene they found that the pilot and his instructor had gotten themselves out of the aircraft, spokeswoman Massiel Ladron De Guevara told local media. "When we arrived, the plane was fully involved in fire," she said. The student pilot suffered second- and third-degree burns to 20 percent of his body.
It appears that the plane stalled, although the cause of the failure isn't known. The plane was a 1978 Mooney M20J, registered to Ground Floor Design of Tustin. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.