A small plane plunged into Lake LBJ on Wednesday March 16, causing damage to the plane but no injuries to the pilot, a resident of Kingsland.
“A gentleman from Shirley Williams Airport in Kingsland, where he keeps his plane, was landing on LBJ Lake,” Granite Shoals Fire Chief Tim Campbell told DailyTrib.com. “It’s the kind of plane that lands both on water and on land, and it forgot to retract the landing gear for a water landing.”
When the plane hit the lake, it nosed over, shattering the windshield and filling with water, Campbell said. As it began to sink, a passerby helped pull the pilot out to safety, then tied a rope to the plane and dragged it to shore.
Granite Shoals Fire and Rescue, Granite Shoals and Marble Falls Police Department, and Granite Shoals EMS all assisted. The case will be forwarded to the Texas Department of Public Safety and then to the Federal Aviation Administration.
“We didn’t have to do much,” Campbell said. “We used some of our ropes to tie him up so he wouldn’t float and be an obstacle in the middle of the lake.”
The plane was secured next to 2510 Belair East Lane until a tow truck transported it. The Icon A5 light-sport aircraft has retractable wings, which have been folded up and out of the way for towing. It is a two-seater plane, but only the pilot was on board at the time.