UPDATE: Plane that made emergency landing in Naknek Lake recovered Friday
A commercial de Haviland Turbine Otter made an emergency landing Tuesday. Katmai National Park's superintendent said the pilot and passengers were unharmed.
Update September 21, 2020:
Katmai National Park Superintendent Mark Sturm said in an email the plane was successfully recovered on Friday. Pictures of the plane posted to the Aviation Safety Network site show damage to the left float.
According to an Federal Aviation Administration incident notification, the aircraft was operated by Katmai Air. Six passengers and the pilot were on board, and no injuries were reported.
Original article September 18, 2020:
A commercial de Haviland Turbine Otter made an emergency landing on Naknek Lake in the Katmai National Park on Tuesday. No deaths or injuries were reported.
Katmai National Park Superintendent Mark Sturm said the pilot and passengers were rescued by a nearby boat.
"It happened to be that another commercial operator in a vessel was on the lake in the vicinity of where the incident occurred and was on site within five minutes, and was able to take on the passengers and help secure the aircraft, and then bring the passengers to Brooks Camp," he said.
Sturm said the company plans to remove the plane via helicopter today and airlift it back to King Salmon, depending on the weather.
This is a developing story.
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