Sunday, October 12, 2014

Incident occurred October 12, 2014 in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

The Coast Guard was in the harbor Sunday afternoon rescuing the pilot of a float plane that capsized.

THUNDER BAY -- Nobody was injured after a float plane crashed in the harbor Sunday afternoon.  

 Just after 2:30 p.m. the small plane capsized in Lake Superior just off the shoreline as it appeared to take off.

The Coast Guard was first on scene and was able to rescue the pilot, who was the lone occupant of the plane and was uninjured. Police, paramedics and firefighters were also quickly on scene.

Witness Wendy Jaun was walking around the Fisherman’s Park area just off Grenville Avenue when she saw the plane inside the break wall.

“We saw a small plane about to take off,” she said. “It got dipped and made lot of noise and banked severely to the right.”

At that point she rushed towards the water and saw the plane again.

“By the time we came to the end of the dock and saw the plane it was submersed upside down in the water. The person was sitting on top of the plane,” Jaun said.

Her husband immediately called 911 but was told responders were already on the way and they showed up almost as soon as he hung up.

Police officials said the plane was retrieved from the lake.

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