The pilot of a Cessna single-engine plane had to be rescued after crashing into Lake Winnipesaukee on Tuesday. (Courtesy)
Mass. man safe after crashing plane into Lake Winnipesaukee
Vadim Gayshan, 59, of Sudbury, Mass., was found at 12:50 p.m. clinging to his plane, according to the N.H. Marine Patrol.
Gayshan told investigators that he had flown his plane, a 2000 Cessna T206H fixed-wing single-engine craft, out of Fitchburg, Mass., and said he was looking at the ice conditions.Gayshan said he was flying over the lake at approximately 70 to 80 knots and about 300 to 400 feet above the water's surface when he started to do pilot "touch and go" exercises and misjudged his elevationThe plane's pontoon caught on the water and caused a nose-first crash, the marine patrol said.
The plane is owned by ScintiTech of a Shirley, Mass., a company spokesman confirmed.
By late in the day, the plane, which sunk near Diamond Island, was being marked by state marine patrol buoys and lines, and divers from Dive Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro were on their way to help salvage the plane.