Pilot safe after plane submerged in Naknek Lake
A pilot is safe after their float plane flipped over and became submerged in a Bristol Bay lake over the weekend.
Katmai National Park and Preserve say around 7:40 p.m. on Saturday, an experimental plane on floats, similar to a Piper Super Cub, landed on Naknek Lake in front of Brooks Camp. However, some wind and waves caused it to flip.
"Onshore winds created waves and conditions that were difficult for taxiing a light aircraft on floats," NPS wrote in a release Tuesday. "Wind pushed the plane sideways and a float dipped under the water, beginning a slow roll that inverted and submerged the plane."
NPS said the pilot, who was the sole occupant, safely exited the plane and hung on to the float until some Brooks Lodge employees and park rangers were able to bring them to shore.
"Lodge staff anchored the plane to prevent it from washing to shallow water and incurring more damage," NPS wrote.
No one was hurt during the incident.
A salvage operation will be conducted with there is an appropriate weather window, NPS said.
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