Aircraft Make: QUAD CITY
Aircraft Model: CHALLENGER
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: LAKE OF THE ISLES
State: New York
AIRCRAFT, CANADIAN REGISTERED C-IJQP CHALLENGER II QUAD CITY ULTRALIGHT, CRASHED OFF WELLESLEY ISLAND, LAKE OF THE ISLES, NEW YORK.
A man is okay after a plane crash just off of Wellesley Island Sunday morning.
The crash happened in American waters on the Lake of the Isles around 9:30 a.m.
A spokesperson for the U.S. Coast Guard said the pilot was trying to land the amphibious ultralight on the water with the wind at his back.
State police say the pilot was 66 year old Michael Laprade of Arroyo Grande, California.
Officials say the winds picked up and he landed more quickly than expected. One pontoon hit the water first, causing the pilot to lose control of the plane and crash.
The pilot was wearing a life jacket in the water when crews arrived. A Coast Guard official also said the pilot was not hurt and didn't seek medical treatment.
The plane was salvaged. It was registered to Honey Bee Island, just across the international border.
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