GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - A small plane crashed into Lake Guntersville Saturday afternoon. The pilot, a retired Huntsville physican and only person on board, was not hurt.
The pilot was attempting to land a 2-seat amphibious Sea Ray airplane in the lake. He had his landing gear configured for a geared landing at an airport; meaning the landing gear was extended. When he entered the water he extended the gear causing the plane to do a 180 degree flip. The plane came to a rest belly side up. ALEA Marine Patrol tells us there was no malfunction. They are ruling this as pilot error.
Crews removed the plane from the water following the crash. We’re told it was a total loss.
We’re told the FAA will be back out on Tuesday to complete their investigation.