A game warden pilot from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department crashed a small plane Thursday afternoon into Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin, Texas.
One male patient was rushed to a local hospital with “serious injuries,” Austin-Travis County EMS said.
A spokesman for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department said the plane had departed from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport for a test flight.
“The plane went out of normal operation and had to land at Lady Bird Lake due to mechanical problems while the pilot was on a test flight,” a department spokesman said.
Videos posted on social media and the Citizen app appeared to show the paddleboarder assisting the pilot from the wreckage.
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The plane crashed west of the I-35 bridge south of Rainy St., a popular downtown area lined with bars and restaurants.
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Air traffic control has warned private aircraft landing on Austin Bergstrom International Airport that it must make an emergency landing no later than 2:00 p.m., airport spokesman Fox News told Digital.
A spokesman for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department said the accident was being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Bureau.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.