Saturday, May 20, 2017

Aventura amphibian: Incident occurred May 20, 2017 in Lake Thomas, Land O' Lakes, Pasco County, Florida

LAND O'LAKES — No one was injured after an ultralight aircraft crashed into a lake on Saturday afternoon, Pasco County Fire Rescue said.

The plane was almost fully submerged in Lake Thomas, just west of U.S. 41, when firefighters arrived around 2:30 p.m. Private boaters rescued the pilot, who was not identified, from the plane's wreckage.

The pilot told Pasco County sheriff's deputies he was testing the engine with the aircraft floating on the water, said sheriff's office spokeswoman Amy Marinec. A gust of wind took the plane airborne before it took a nosedive back into the water.

Neither the Federal Aviation Administration nor the National Transportation Safety Board elected to investigate the incident, Marinec said.

"They said it's very common with these ultralight crafts where the pilot is testing the engine," she said.

There is no criminal investigation into the incident. Because the plane is not evidence, removing the plane from the lake will be the pilot's responsibility, Marinec said.

Original article can be found here:

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Rescue officials are on the scene of a plane crash in Land O’ Lakes.

Pasco Fire Rescue units responded to reports of a downed plane on Lake Thomas on Saturday afternoon and found an ultra light aircraft almost fully submerged in the middle of the water.

Witnesses on private boats were able to rescue the pilot from the wreckage, according to fire rescue officials.

No injuries were reported. There is no hazard contamination at the scene.

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office was investigating the incident. No further details have been released.

A pilot is okay after crashing his aircraft into the middle of a lake, Pasco County Fire Rescue officials say.

Crews were sent to Lake Thomas in Land O' Lakes on Saturday afternoon after a call about an ultralight aircraft that had crashed. 

Bystanders used boats to rescue the pilot from the plane, which was almost submerged by the time rescue crews had arrived. 

The pilot was not injured.

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