Sunday, July 12, 2020

Cessna R172K Hawk XP, N736RX: Incident occurred July 08, 2020 in Salem, Oconee County, South Carolina

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbia, South Carolina

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances while attempting to depart Lake Jocassee.

Date: 08-JUL-20

Time: 16:30:00Z
Regis#: N736RX
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91

OCONEE COUNTY, South Carolina — Two people were rescued by a boater when a  float-equipped Cessna R172K Hawk XP plane crashed Wednesday into Lake Jocassee.

Crews with the Oconee County Sheriff's Office responded just before 1 p.m. to a report of a plane crash near Devil's Fork State Park.

Scott Krein, with Oconee County Emergency Services, said the plane was practicing water landings and takeoffs on the lake.

He said the plane purposefully planned to land on the lake, but the landing and flotation devices malfunctioned and caused the plane to crash.

Authorities said two people in the plane were wearing life jackets and were rescued by a boater.

They were not hurt.

The plane was towed to a private dock within a Jocassee lakeside neighborhood to be removed from the water with proper crane equipment.

Crews are checking to see if any fuel spilled into the lake.

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