Small Plane Ditches into Canyon Lake Near Westhaven Subdivision
Two people escaped without serious injury when their small plane crashed into Canyon Lake near the Westhaven subdivision around 10 a.m. this morning.
The passengers were transported to CHRISTUS Santa Rosa in New Braunfels with non-life-threatening injuries.
Comal County Sheriffs Office Public Information Officer Jennifer Smith said the small plane, which is now submerged, is believed to be a Cessna. Its pilot and passenger swam to shore near county-operated Boat Ramp #6.
The plane was en route from Midland to New Braunfels Regional Airport.
Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Sgt. Orlando Moreno said the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating the accident. DPS, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) and Canyon Lake Fire/EMS also were at the scene this morning.
Westhaven resident Skip Smith said those who witnessed the crash said the plane appeared to be flying low over FM 2673 before it lost power, turned and crashed into the lake. A neighbor helped two passengers — believed to be men — out of the water and up to the ambulance, which had difficulty accessing the area.
Brian Fricker with the FAA said they received a distress call from the two men in the plane, who reported problems but lost communication with the aircraft.
Smith said the lake is between 10- to 12-feet deep in that area.
MyCanyonLake.com has reached out to DPS, TPWD and the FAA for details and will update this story as details become available. This story was reported by Stephanie Johnson and Outdoors Editor Karla Held. Last updated at 10 p.m.