Two men escaped serious injury when their float plane crashed into Rangeley Lake on Thursday.

As you can see in this video posted on Facebook by witness Derek Hoyt, the plane crashes almost immediately after taking off from the lake. Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland says the pilot, 69-year-old David Taisey of Pownal, and his passenger, 53-year-old Mike Koob of Oquossoc, were able to get out of the plane and swim to shore. Hoyt said in the Facebook post that, when he called 911, he learned that many others had called, as well.

In the video, you can hear Hoyt's concern about the unsteadiness of his own canoe, and he nearly turns off the video just before the plane crashes. But, once the plane goes into the water, you can see all the boats on the lake headed to help get the occupants to safety.

The two men were treated at a local medical center for minor injuries and released. The plane, which belongs to Acadian Seaplanes of Rangeley, was towed six miles to Oquossoc.

Now, the FAA will investigate to determine the cause of the crash.



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