UKIAH, Calif. (AP/CBS13) — 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: Photographer Finds Body In South Lake Tahoe Meadow
The plane hit the water at the south end of the lake, the statement said.READ MORE: 2 Of 4 Suspects Wanted For November 2021 Organized Retail Thefts In Davis Arrested
The pilot escaped the sinking aircraft and made it to shore, sheriff’s officials said. He declined medical attention.
The plane, submerged in up to 30 feet (9 meters) of water, is expected to be recovered on Friday.MORE NEWS: Fire Starts Between Two Homes In Ceres, Spreads To Attics; Several People Displaced
Ultralights are small, fixed-wing aircraft, typically with just one seat.