June 12, 2008

Three Survive Plane Crash

Three British men who survived the crash of their small plane in a French forest said they were found after a five-hour search set off by a phone call home.

Pilot Michael Vernon, Lawrence O'Toole and Michel Boileau escaped the wreckage of their three-seater aircraft without life-threatening injuries after it crashed into a Loire Valley hillside in thick fog, The Daily Mail reported Thursday.

The men said a phone call they made to a friend back in Britain to say they were still alive led French rescue teams to begin their five-hour search.

The three men were found suffering from hypothermia and taken to a hospital. O'Toole was treated for a broken shoulder bone, while Vernon was treated for a broken foot and two broken bones in his back. Boileau was hospitalized with a cut to his head.