EXCLUSIVE: Pilot's Brother Talks About Fiery Crash

EXCLUSIVE: Pilot's Brother Talks About Fiery Crash

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MOBILE, Alabama -

68-year-old Roger James is in a hospital bed at USA Medical Center after losing control of his single-engine Cessna Saturday in Fairhope. The aircraft caught fire on impact and Roger had to be lifeflighted to the hospital.

"Right now it looks like somebody tagged him really hard on his chin. It may be fractured a little bit and he's got some lacerations and some light burns around his sock line," said Bob James, the victim's brother.

While emergency crews centered in on the debris, 3 civilian heros were already hard at work, doing all they could to free the pilot.

"One guy ripped the seat and my brother out of the plane, away from the burning plane. I mean those guys were real heros. It takes tremendous amounts of courage to go up on a burning plane," he says.

"I was proud of him for taking the chance and risking his own life to save another human being. I raised one hell of a young man and I am so proud of him," says one of the hero's mom's on her Facebook page.

Roger's family is thankful he's alive. They tell News 5 he's in good spirits, laughing and joking with loved ones in his hospital room.

"He's already trying to figure out how he can go flying again. This isn't his first crash so he likes to get right back in the saddle again," says his brother.

Roger is being treated for burns and is expected to have surgery Monday morning. His family says the surgery will take about 5 or 6 hours. Recovery time is expected to be at least 3 months.

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