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Pilot swims to shore after engine failure forces lake landing with wheeled plane

A plane that crashed in Crillon Lake is shown from the air after the pilot swam to shore and...
A plane that crashed in Crillon Lake is shown from the air after the pilot swam to shore and was rescued. (From U.S. Coast Guard) (KTUU)
Published: Jul. 19, 2018 at 12:56 PM AKDT
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A pilot was rescued by the Coast Guard after swimming to shore from his downed plane in a lake in Glacier Bay National Park Wednesday.

The Coast Guard says the pilot told them the pilot’s engine failed, and he was forced to land in Crillon Lake. The plane, as shown in photos from the Coast Guard wheels-up in the water, did not have floats.

The Park Service says the 34-year-old pilot was picked up by a Coast Guard helicopter on the shore of the lake, which is southeast of Lituya Bay in Southeast Alaska, on the edge of the park’s coast. The pilot was taken to Sitka.

The NTSB will investigate and a salvage operation is expected to get the plane out of the lake.