Plane crashes in Lake Tahoe

Local public safety officials currently are rushing to save an unidentified plane from sinking into Lake Tahoe after it crash landed about 11 a.m. today, a mile south if Burnt Cedar Beach in Incline Village.

Both of the plane's passengers were unhurt in the crash, and they are safe on one of the rescue boats near the plane, officials said.

North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District's Marine 16 boat had begun towing the crashed plane at about 11:30 a.m. from its crash spot to Ski Beach in Incline.

However, the plane began to take on water in tow, cutting off the towing effort about a half-mile south of Burnt Cedar

Washoe County Sheriff's Office Deputy Ben Coffindafffer is on a jet ski, taking buoys to the plane in an attempt to keep it afloat. Officials also have confirmed there is fuel leaking from the plane into Lake Tahoe.

Officials say they were notified by the Nevada Civil Air Patrol at exactly 11 a.m. that a plane was going to crash in the lake. The plane crashed and was found upside down in the water, shortly after 11 a.m. when authorities arrived.

Police took jet skis from Burnt Cedar Beach to aid the crash victims.


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