Wind flips float plane on Lake Shannon

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Deputies from the Livingston County Sheriff Department were dispatched to Lake Shannon in Deerfield Township for an airplane crash at approximately 6:47 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018.

A single-engine float plane, piloted by owner Harmon Pierce, 57, had successfully landed; it was taxiing to the owner’s dock when a strong wind gust flipped the plane upside down in the water. The pilot and an 18-year-old male passenger were able to escape the plane unharmed and were rescued by a boater on the lake.

Deputies on scene were assisted by members of the Hartland Area Fire Authority and Livingston County EMS. A report was made with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Michigan Department of Environmental Equality.


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