UPDATE: A light plane makes splash landing off Alki Promenade; Now out of the water
UPDATE: The Cessna 150 that splash landed just off the Alki Beach Promenade on July 26 around 4pm has been successfully lifted out the water by a crane aboard a truck on shore. It was attached and lifted on to the promenade around 9:30 AM Wednesday morning. The plane will be dismantled by AvTech Services, then hauled to salvage.
A light plane with only the male pilot aboard made a splash down landing just off the Alki Beach Promenade on Tuesday July 26.
The FAA has announced they will investigate the incident.
Flight simulator video (See the link below) shows the aircraft crashing and the pilot talking with Air Traffic Control. He reported a loss of oil pressure and alerted the tower that he would likely have to ditch the Cessna 150 aircraft in the water. The tail number of the aircraft is N45517.
According to drone pilot Kevin Henry of Atomic Aerials,
"A group of onlookers swam out to the craft and helped the 66-year old pilot to shore. He sustained minor injuries and was trying to sort out how to recover the submerged plane when he was taken to a hospital in a private vehicle to be checked out."
The water depth around the time of the crash was about 10 to15 feet. The plane sank and the wings were slightly visible under about 2 feet of water.
A police boat was called and put out a marker buoy to keep boats away. A Coast Guard member said they would likely bring out a barge or two barges one with a crane to lift the plane out of the water as soon as possible.
Correction: An earlier version of this story reported that the video was footage from inside the aircraft. It is actually flight simulator footage with real audio. We regret the error.