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Initial Coast Guard reports indicated a mid-air collision, but subsequent follow-up from the USCG helicopter that responded to the scene identified a single plane down. The 34 year old male pilot, who had exited the plane and swam to shore, was rescued successfully and transported to Sitka. No emergency response resources were requested and the NPS response team stood down.
USCG reported the plane “wheels up” submerged to the wings in Crillon Lake. A salvage operation is anticipated to recover the downed plane.
The NTSB will be conducting an investigation into the incident.