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Small plane makes emergency landing in Pacific

Plane into Bay
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A small plane forced to make a splash landing in the Pacific Ocean

Pilot left stranded on wheel awaiting rescue

HUMBOLDT COUNTY, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - Tense moments for a pilot after he's forced to put down his plane in the Pacific Ocean Thursday morning.

The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office says the pilot splash-landed in Humboldt Bay, just off the coast of northern California.

Deputies say the aircraft involved was a delivery plane. Its pilot was the only person on board.

The U.S. Coast Guard and Port Authority boat performed the rescue. They found the pilot standing on the wheel of his plane. The aircraft was upside down in the water and sinking.

The pilot suffered only minor injuries in the crash.

Crews are now trying to raise the plane so the Federal Aviation Administration can find out what went wrong.

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Lisa Sturgis

Lisa Sturgis recently returned to KYMA as its Digital Content Director, but she has a long history with the Desert Southwest.

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