Mercer Island Marine Patrol assists with seaplane crash

The plane was attempting a water take-off when it lost control and crashed into Lake Washington.

Mercer Island Marine Patrol 14 helped secured a crashed seaplane to a dock in Renton on June 10. Photo via Facebook

Mercer Island Marine Patrol 14 helped secured a crashed seaplane to a dock in Renton on June 10. Photo via Facebook

On June 10 at about 2:15 p.m., Mercer Island Police Department (MIPD) Marine Patrol was dispatched to a seaplane crash in Lake Washington.

The plane was attempting a water take-off when it lost control and crashed into the lake near the Renton Airport/Clayton Scott Field and Will Rogers-Wiley Post Memorial Seaplane Base, according to MIPD.

The pilot and sole occupant was assisted out of the water by a private boater, and evaluated by the Renton Fire Department. Mercer Island Marine Patrol 14 arrived and, along with Renton divers, secured the plane to the seaplane docks.

The plane was later removed with the assistance of a mobile hoist. Any investigation will be handled by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

According to the Renton Reporter, the plane was hit by a wave from a passing wake, which caused the crash. The pilot was not injured. The Department of Ecology was also at the scene to ensure there was no impact to the environment.

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