A seaplane made an unexpected landing in the front yard of a Plaquemines Parish home Wednesday morning.
A little after 9 a.m., the single-engine Cessna lost engine power, clipped some power lines, glided to the ground and skidded across La. 39 before coming to rest in front of a home in the tiny community of Braithwaite on the east bank of the parish, said Cmdr. Eric Becnel, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.
The four people on the plane — the pilot and three passengers — were not injured, Becnel said.
One passenger was a Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation employee, another was an LPBF contractor and the third works for the National Wildlife Federation, said John Lopez, executive director of the foundation.
The three were conducting a bi-weekly flight to monitor the coast, Lopez said.
Lt. Mitchell Meyers, a Plaquemines Parish firefighter on whose lawn the plane landed, responded to a report of the crash, not knowing the plane was in his yard.
“It’s just pretty amazing that there would be a pilot and three (passengers) and none of them had a scratch on them,” he said. “That was just unbelievable.”
Sheriff Lonnie Greco credited the pilot with averting what could have been a deadly crash.
“The pilot’s actions saved the lives of himself and the passengers,” Greco said. “This could have been a very tragic accident.”
The LPBF will check with the passengers in coming days to make sure no injuries later surface, Lopez said
The plane is registered to Belle Chasse-based Southern Seaplane Inc., according to Federal Aviation Administration records.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash, Becnel said.
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