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Small Plane Crashes In NH’s Lake Winnipesaukee

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Plane crashes into Lake Winnipesaukee. (Photo from NH State Police)

Plane crashes into Lake Winnipesaukee. (Photo from NH State Police)

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ALTON, N.H. (AP) — Officials say a pilot has been rescued after a small plane crashed and sank in New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee.

New Hampshire State Police say the pilot, who was found submerged in water and clinging to the plane, was the only occupant.

Fifty-nine-year-old Vadim Gayshan of Sudbury, Mass., was rescued by boat and transported to the hospital. Police say he was suffering from cold water immersion.

He radioed for help just after noon Tuesday.

He told investigators that he had taken off in Fitchburg, Mass., and was looking at ice conditions on the lake and doing touch-and-go landings when he misjudged his elevation. The plane’s pontoon caught on the water and caused the plane to crash nose-first.

Police say the plane is submerged in about 105 feet of water.

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