Two Bodies Found After Lake Pontchartrain Plane Crash
Over the weekend, a Cessna plane crashed in Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana at roughly 8:20 P.M. Saturday evening. A witness reporting the crash helped rescue one woman from the plane. Two male passengers, however, were initially missing in the wake of the wreck.
On the morning of August 30, salvage equipment was placed within the crash site located just 1,000 yards from the north-south runway of the New Orleans Lakefront Airport. By 8:35 a.m., recovery workers had pulled the plane out of the water with a crane with much of the plane still intact. Nearly an hour later, authorities announced that they had found the bodies of the two missing males in the plane. The two males were the pilot and a passenger.
According to authorities with the airport, the plane had encountered a rainstorm near the time of the crash.
The name of the pilot had not been released, but the passenger killed in the accident and his girlfriend — the survivor — had chartered the plane for a scenic tour. The pilot was found still buckled to his seat while the male passenger had been thrown to the back of the plane. The female was released from the hospital after being treated.
Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration will work to determine the cause of the crash.