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FORT SMTIH, Ark. — Police in Fort Smith say the pilot of a small airplane escaped injury when the aircraft crashed into the Arkansas River.

Police Sgt. Don Cobb says pilot Tim Hazelwood was attempting "touch and go" landings and takeoffs when the aircraft flipped and landed on its top in the river early Saturday evening. Cobb says pilot Tim Hazelwood was able to escape the craft and was rescued by boaters.

Cobb says the plane was floated downriver before being pulled from the water.

Cobb says both the Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. Coast Guard have been notified of the crash.

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