Tahoe Plane Splashes Down

Thursday, September 11, 2008
By George Hatcher

What: unidentified “sea” plane … upside down
Where: off Burnt Cedar Beach in Incline Village; south of the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe pier
When: 11 a.m. Thursday Sept 11 2008
Who: pilot and passenger are both unhurt
Why: While the plane was being towed by North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District’s Marine 16 boat, it took on water a half-mile south of Burnt Cedar. Buoys were affixed to keep the plane afloat till crews managed to tow it to Ski Beach. Fuel leaking into the lake has instigated testing by local risk management. Absorbent booms were being used to collect some 40 estimated gallons of fuel, and the rest is expected to safely evaporate without injury to the local ecosystem.

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