Float plane pilot rescued after crashing into lake near Ketchikan

Published: May. 11, 2016 at 10:54 AM AKDT
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The pilot of a float plane was rescued after it crashed into a lake north of Ketchikan, Tuesday afternoon, Alaska State Troopers wrote in a dispatch Wednesday.

At about 2:19 p.m., multiple people reported to Alaska State Troopers that a float plane had crashed into Jordan Lake, 20 miles north of Ketchikan.

"Preliminary investigation revealed that the pilot and sole occupant Billy Rusk, age 58, from Poplar Grove, IL was not injured," troopers wrote.

The Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad and a Temsco helicopter responded to the lake and rescued the pilot who was not injured in the crash.

"The pilot was transported to nearby Heckman cabin where KVRS aircraft and medics were standing by," troopers wrote. "KVRS transported the pilot to Ketchikan where he refused transport to the hospital and reported no injuries."

The plane remains in the lake and will be recovered by the owner.

The National Transportation Safety Board was notified of the crash.