Small plane pulled from Lake Pontchartrain, bodies of pilot and passenger inside
NEW ORLEANS - A small plane that crash into Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana is now out of the water and sitting on a barge.
Recovery workers used a crane to lift the plane onto the barge Tuesday morning. Much of the plane is still intact. According to WWL, the bodies of the pilot and one passenger were found in the plane's cabin. The passenger was identified as Reginald Hillard, Jr. of Baton Rouge, however the pilot has not yet been identified.
A woman was also a passenger of the plane and survived the crash. She managed to get out of the sinking plane and was rescued by a nearby boater.
The crash site is about 1,000 yards west of the New Orleans Lakefront Airport's north-south runway.
The airport director, Ben Morris, said Monday that the plane hit a rainstorm around the time of the crash. Morris said a couple chartered the plane for an aerial tour of the city.
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