Pilot safe after crash in Lake Winnipesaukee, only one aboard

ALTON, N.H. (NEWS CENTER) -- New Hampshire Marine Patrol received a 9-1-1 call around 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday after a plane crashed into Lake Winnipesaukee.

When Marine Patrol arrived at the scene, they found the pilot clinging to the plane. The pilot, who was the only person in the aircraft, was identified as 59-year-old Vadim Gayshan of Sudbury, Mass.

He was transported to Lakes Region General Hospital because he was suffering from cold water immersion.

Gayshan told investigators he has flown out of Fitchburg, Mass. and was looking at the ice conditions on Lake Winnipesaukee when he misjudged his distance to the water. The plane's pontoon then caught on the water, and cause a nose-first crash.

The pilot has 13 years experience, including two with seaplanes. The plane is currently submerged in 105 feet of water.


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