ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A floatplane crashed in Lake Hood Tuesday evening while coming in for a landing, according to officials with Ted Stevens International Airport.
Airport police say as the pilot was touching down, the plane flipped over, putting the cockpit underwater. The incident happened at approximately 6:45 p.m.
The pilot was uninjured and managed to escape from the overturned plane on his own.
Members of the public rushed to the aircraft in boats to help, and rescue crews from Ted Stevens International Airport and the Anchorage Fire Department got to the crash site within minutes, according to Stephan Parry, the airport operations officer.
Parry said "you always are prepared for the worst in this, but I can quite happily say there was one pilot involved and he is almost unscratched. This looks a lot worse than it could have been, so it's a very happy ending for us all.