ATTICA TWP. — A 74-year-old Lapeer pilot sustained minor injuries following a plane crash on Wednesday, July 3, on Lake Pleasant.
According to Lapeer County Undersheriff Jeremy Howe, deputies were dispatched to the lake near Lake Pleasant and Bowers roads just after noon after eye witnesses saw the sea plane attempt to land on the water. During the landing, the plane's nose pitched downward into the water.
A nearby resident, utilizing a pontoon boat, rescued the pilot from his plane. The man was the lone occupant of the two seater Super Club airplane. He sustained minor lacerations and declined medical attention. The sheriff's department describes him as an experienced pilot who frequents many area lakes.
Howe reports that about an hour later their department's Dive Team was dispatched to the lake to recover the plane.
Divers were able to position air bags in the cockpit, under the wing supports and near the propeller. Air was forced into the bags which lifted the plane to the surface and that allowed the Marine Division to tow the plane to shore. Once at the shoreline, Byers Towing was able to use a crane, with the assistance of the Marine Division, to flip the plane over and get the plane to shore," Howe said.
He praised the various departments for their work on this not-so-common task.
"This was a very unique mission for both the Dive Team and Marine Division. Sgt. Herfert and the Dive Team did an excellent job with the task they had. Everything worked out perfectly," Howe said.
There are no suspected environmental hazards as a result of the crash.
Also assisting on site were Lapeer Township Police, the Attica Twp. Fire Department and Medstar Ambulance.
The sheriff's department reports the Federal Aviation Administration was notified and will be investigating the causation of this crash.
Maria Brown joined the Tri-City Times staff in 2003, the same year she earned a bachelor's degree in English from Calvin College. Born and raised in Imlay City, she and her family reside in the Capac area where she enjoys gardening and reading.