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No injuries reported after plane crashes into Georgian Bay

An ultralight plane attempted to land in the water at the northeastern side of Giant's Tomb Island after it experienced a 'problem landing'
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An ultralight plane is seen on the shore of Giant's Tomb Island this afternoon.

No one was injured after an ultralight crashed into Georgian Bay near Giant's Tomb Island Tuesday afternoon.

The lone occupant walked away from the incident and there was minimal damage to the single-engine plane, according to OPP.

The Southern Georgian Bay OPP's marine unit along with the Canadian Coast Guard and Beausoleil First Nation fire and rescue crews attended the scene.]

Allan Manitowabi, chief of Beausoleil First Nation's fire and emergency services, said his department was contacted about a possible plane crash just before 1:30 p.m. and quickly responded to the northeast corner of Giant's Tomb.

"Our marine unit assisted," Manitowabi said. "We sent out four of our personnel. Beausoleil Fire met with Canadian Coast Guard rescue vessel 1,000 on scene. An ultralight plane attempted to land in the water at the northeastern side of Giant's Tomb Island after it experienced a problem landing."

Manitowabi said local residents helped out after noticing the plane.

"The plane was towed to shore by a citizen who arrived on scene," he said. "The lone pilot did not suffer any injuries and was further assisted by the Canadian Coast Guard 1,000."

According to an OPP release, scene investigators learned that the single-engine amphibious plane had struck a large wave while conducting landing and takeoff exercises. Transport Canada has been notified of the incident. 

 

 




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