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No injuries when floatplane crashes on Lake Spenard in Anchorage

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: July 6
  • Published July 6

Two people were on board a Cessna 180 floatplane when it crashed into Lake Spenard and flipped Sunday morning, according to Ted Stevens International Airport Police and Fire.

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The crash happened around 11 a.m., according to an online post from airport police. The pilot and his wife were able to get out of the plane on their own and officers brought them to shore by boat, said Clint Johnson, chief of Alaska’s National Transportation Safety Board. The couple was evaluated by medics on shore and neither were injured, Johnson said.

The couple was returning from their cabin and landing in the lake when the plane flipped, Johnson said. It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the plane to flip.

“The accident took place during touchdown,” he said. “It was a normal landing until it wasn’t.”

Lake Spenard is linked to Lake Hood, where there is a major seaplane base.

The owners are working with a recovery crew to figure out a plan to remove the plane from the water Monday, Johnson said. The plane filled with water when it overturned, which Johnson said can make it more challenging to remove. Investigators from NTSB will examine the wreckage once it’s brought to shore, Johnson said.

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