After Thomas Glass realized his single-engine plane was malfunctioning over Lake Pontchartrain, he notified the tower at Lakefront Airport before his plane crashed into the water.
When Levee District firefighters arrived, Glass was perched on the tail of the sinking plane waiting for them, Orleans Levee District Police Capt. Craig Boudreaux said.
Glass, who is a fighter pilot in the National Guard, was the only passenger and was not badly injured, Boudreaux said.
Soon after Glass, 35, of New Orleans, departed from the New Orleans Lakefront Airport in his Cirrus SR22 single-engine plane, he realized the engine was malfunctioning and notified the tower at 10:38 a.m., Boudreaux said. It crashed into the lake about 3 or 4 miles from the airport.
Firefighters with the airport’s Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting district flagged down a private boat in the lake, which took them out to find Glass and the plane.
Emergency Medical Services took Glass to Tulane University Hospital for minor injuries, said EMS spokesman Jeb Tate.
The plane is still in the lake, but the Coast Guard has placed buoys to notify boaters that it’s there, Boudreaux said. Glass will have to determine how he will salvage his plane.