UKIAH (AP) — A pilot escaped with only minor injuries when his ultralight plane crashed Thursday into Lake Mendocino after experiencing engine trouble, authorities said.
The pilot, a 71-year-old man, said the single-engine aircraft lost power about 10 minutes after taking off from Ukiah Municipal Airport, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.READ MORE: Evacuation Warnings Issued for San Mateo County Areas Burned by CZU Lightning Complex Fire
The plane hit the water at the south end of Lake Mendocino, the statement said.
The pilot escaped the sinking aircraft and made it to shore, sheriff’s officials said. He declined medical attention.READ MORE: Police Investigation of Shattered Vehicle Windows Temporarily Shuts Highway 17 Saturday
The plane, submerged in up to 30 feet of water, is expected to be recovered on Friday.
Ultralights are small, fixed-wing aircraft, typically with just one seat.MORE NEWS: Russian River Rubber Dam Deflated Due to Impending Storm
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