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2 rescued from flipped plane on Lake Hood

Airport police rescued two people from Lake Hood after a Cessna 206 small airplane flipped over in the water.
Published: Jun. 10, 2022 at 7:27 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Airport police rescued two people from Lake Hood after a Cessna 206 small airplane flipped over in the water.

According to Airport Police Lt. Danny Fetters, the response time to the two victims in the water was less than three minutes. In an email, Fetters wrote that they received a call at 5:30 p.m. and responded with two rescue boats. Airport police then observed two men in the water who had exited the plane on their own power, who were than pulled into the boat and taken to shore. Both men were examined once on shore.

According to Anchorage Fire Department Assistant Chief said that the department was notified of the flipped plane at approximately 5:40 p.m. and responded with 10 units, only to find out that airport police had retrieved the two people and had them in a boat.

“The males stated they were not injured,” Fetters wrote. “Both males were removed from the water into the rescue boat and transported back to the boat house to link up with AFD for medical assessment. Other Officers that had responded in rescue boat 2 searched the aircraft area and took photos. I did not observe any signs of impairment on either male.”

According to National Transportation Safety Board Spokesperson Clint Johnson, the NTSB was aware and would be investigating the flip.

“Two people on board, taxiing for takeoff and a gust of wind caught the tail,” Johnson said.

A plane flipped prior to 6 p.m. on Lake Hood, prompting a rescue from Airport Police.
A plane flipped prior to 6 p.m. on Lake Hood, prompting a rescue from Airport Police.(Lexi Yelverton)

Editor’s note: This article has been updated with additional information.

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