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    Default Plane Down in Lake Lucille

    We were out in the yard and we thought we heard a lawn mower going down the road. Look up to see the belly of a low flying aircraft. Black smoke puffing from the underbelly and it wasn't firing on all cylinders. OH NO moment!
    We listened and waited for the noise of the crash. Instead we heard Water... fewww weeee he made it to the lake. We hopped in the truck and headed to see what had happened.
    The tail of the plane was the only visible part of the plane. Pilot on the wing being picked up by a nearby pontoon boat. He made it out safely. I commend this pilot for finding a safe place to ditch.
    There are a ton of homes in this area,..... it could have been worse.
    Applauding the pilot as he made it to ground.
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    I take it that it was not a float plane? Impressive work dropping it in the drink like that. I bet that must have been the ultimate O'**** moment. I hope there were no other passengers in the bird!

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    Bad day in the valley. There was a wreck at Wolf Lake too.

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    saw pics. of the one at wolf lake, looked bad but pilot was ok.
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    Glad to hear that he was alright. Any info on what happened?

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    Hello All

    I am the guy who had to ditch the plane in Lake Lucille. I joined this forum just to thank you all for the kind words of encouragment. I had a power loss due to ingestion of a broken piece of baffling that got sucked into the carburator when I pulled carb heat. This little piece of baffling blocked air flow to the engine and I had no choice but to execute a forced landing. The Parks highway was not an option with all the traffic as I did not want to hurt anyone and I have to say that tall mature birch and cottonwood trees do NOT look inviting. Since the Piper Comanche is a low wing retractable gear aircraft, I decided a ditching was the best option. As I expected the airplane did not flip over and I got out without a scratch.

    I want to thank everyone who has helped me during this ordeal, from the homeowners who rescued me by pontoon boat to the guys at Pro-Scaffold who pulled the airplane out of the water, to the Mat-Su dive team who recovered the airplane from the bottom. Wasilla really has a bunch of good hearted folks.

    Thanks again, Bruce

    baitem907, I sent you a private email. Thank you.

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    Glad you were ok! Sounds like you did a great job under pressure, kuddos!

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    Default Glad you are OK...

    Now... Hug you wife and children and thank something or somebody that you lived through it. Sounds like you did a great job of controlling the situation. God Bless and Good luck. Ken

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    No luck involved, just skill and a cool head on Bush Flyer's part.

    Bravo!
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    Wow, congrats on coming out unharmed...sounds like you did the best thing you could.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bush_flyer View Post
    Hello All

    I am the guy who had to ditch the plane in Lake Lucille. I joined this forum just to thank you all for the kind words of encouragement.
    First off welcome to the forum, you missed a golden opportunity you should have chosen Sully for your screen name.

    Glad to hear everything worked out for you.

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    Great job and welcome to the forum

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