QUEENSBURY, N.Y. – A small float plane tipped in Glen Lake in the town of Queensbury on Thursday afternoon, with further attempts to recover the plane scheduled for Friday.
The plane's two occupants had successfully exited the plane prior to it capsizing and luckily there were no injuries as a result of this incident.
The pilot, 63-year-old Roger Jackson of Cornwall Bridge, CT, was undergoing a bi-annual flight review, and has been a pilot for 35 years. His passenger, 67-year-old Richard Bovey, of Argyle, is a licensed flight instructor and was conducting the recertification.
The Warren County Sheriff's Office reports that Jackson had successfully completed one series of required landings and take-off's on the water, and was preparing to execute a second water take-off when the right-side pontoon began to sink below the water's surface. Within seconds, the nose of the plane became submerged causing the plane to tip over.
Peter Zack and Brett Gardner headed out on their boat to help get the men out of the plane. "We were worries there would be people inside. Our main objective was to go over as fast as possible. We ripped the top off of our boat and just went," said Gardner.
"One of the pontoons started to lose balance," explained Lt. Steven Stockdale, with the Warren County Sheriff's Office.
No mechanical issues were reported with the aircraft prior to this incident.
Attempts to recover the aircraft from Glen Lake were unsuccessful and further efforts are scheduled for Friday.