News Plane Crashes — 27 July 2017

FOSTER, Ore. — Deputies said no one was injured when a pontoon-type plane overturned on a lake Tuesday.

Linn County deputies responded to the Foster Reservoir near Sweet Home around 3:20 p.m. for the incident.

The plane that was involved had “pontoon-type landing gear” and had intentionally landed on the lake.

According to the sheriff’s office, the plane’s pilot was slowly pulling a girl on a tube. The girl fell off and the pilot circled around to pick her up, but one of the pontoons filled with water and the plane overturned.

In addition to the pilot, there was a woman from Sweet Home in the plane as well. No one was injured.

The Federal Aviation Administration won’t investigate, the sheriff’s office said, because when the plane was on the water, it was considered a boat.

The Oregon State Marine Board and the Army Corps of Engineers were contacted, however.

The plane was taken out of the water and the incident is under investigation.
The sheriff’s office identified the plane as a 1960 Champion fix wing.

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