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Plane crashes into Lake Guntersville

By Trang Do
WAFF 48 News Reporter


An investigation is underway as to what caused a single engine plane crash in Marshall County. 

The crash happened in Lake Guntersville, near the intersection of Homer Clayton Drive and Hackberry Street. Guntersville police say the pilot is from Dallas and was in the area visiting family and friends.

Just after 5 p.m., police got the 911 call that a small plane had crashed into Lake Guntersville.

Police Chief Jim Peterson says the pilot had just taken off from the Guntersville airport and was on his way to Birmingham when he began to experience engine trouble.

"He immediately began emergency procedures, trying to find a place to land the aircraft," Peterson said. 

"Anywhere in this vicinity on land was not going to be an option, so he flared the aircraft and put it in the water adjacent to the levy here to give himself a good chance to be able to get to shore, which he was successful at doing," he said. 

Amazingly, the pilot was able to walk away from the crash uninjured.

"From what limited personal knowledge that I've got, this type of aircraft is probably an experienced pilot," Peterson said. "It's a fairly fast, single engine aircraft."

Hours later, divers from Precision Towing and Recovery out of Scottsboro arrived on the scene to recover the aircraft.

"The FAA has been notified, the NTSB will be coming here to Guntersville tomorrow to do an investigation," Peterson said. 

"I have spoken with them directly and gotten permission to remove the plane from the lake and get it over to the Guntersville Airport to secure it for the investigation."

Peterson says his department has dealt with several planes in the water over the years, the last one he recalls happened about three years ago.

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