USA : Two killed, five hurt after plane crashes into Lake Powell

The pilot reported an engine malfunction shortly after take-off...
USA : Two killed, five hurt after plane crashes into Lake Powell

In Utah, in Western United States, two people got killed and five hurt when a airplane carrying French tourists crashed into Lake Powell.

On Saturday 19th August, a charter plane with six French tourists aboard crashed into Lake Powell in Arizona, killing two passengers and injuring five, including the pilot, local authorities said.

The pilot reported an engine malfunction shortly after take-off from Page, Arizona, the sheriff's office said.

Witnesses called the National Park Service after seeing the Cessna 207 crash into the lake near the Utah-Arizona border, the Kane County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. Local volunteers on passing boats collaborated with the pilot to rescue four of the passengers from the submerged aircraft.

David McNew

The rescued passengers were taken to shore, where a helicopter transported three of them to St. George Regional Hospital in Utah with serious injuries. Two others were taken by ambulance to Page Hospital.

The bodies of two of the tourists were later found in the aircraft at a depth of 120 feet below the surface of the water. They were recovered with the help of the National Park Service and the Utah Department of Public Safety. Their identities have not yet been disclosed.

It is to be noted that the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause of the plane crash.

USA : Two killed, five hurt after plane crashes into Lake Powell

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