National Transportation Safety Board

Parents: Arizona pilot of burning plane performed heroically

Her voice cracking, the mother of an Arizona pilot burned keeping a blazing plane aloft as four skydivers jumped said her son was a hero who was relieved to later learn nobody else was injured.

Ryan Kilgore, who suffered burns before jumping from the plane that crashed into a house Saturday night, was in stable condition after surgery Tuesday at the Arizona Burn Center at Maricopa Integrated Health System, hospital spokesman Michael Murphy said.

The 31-year-old "was more concerned for others than himself during a crisis," Jan and Bill Kilgore, of Spokane, Washington, said in a statement that Jan Kilgore read during a news briefing at the hospital.