Small plane flips 3 times during landing on Lake Gaston, officials say

The small plane near the shore of Lake Gaston on Sunday afternoon. Photo by RRSPIN/Lance Martin
The small plane near the shore of Lake Gaston on Sunday afternoon. Photo by RRSPIN/Lance Martin

LITTLETON, N.C. (WNCN) — A small floatplane flipped over three times during a landing on Lake Gaston in Halifax County on Sunday afternoon, the NC State Highway Patrol said.

The incident was first reported at about 3:30 p.m. near Crosswind Drive and Jack Brown Road near Littleton.

The plane was coming in for a landing when it flipped over three times on the water near the dam and Cross Cut subdivision, according to Lt. Jeff Gordon of the NC Highway Patrol.

News website RRSPIN reported that a pilot and two passengers were in the Maule 235 aircraft when it flipped and all escaped without injuries.

A photo from the scene showed the single-engine pontoon plane upside down near the shore of the lake. One of the pontoons was broken and several struts that hold the pontoons were bent or broken, the photo showed.

The FAA is investigating the crash.

The plane as it is pulled to shore on Lake Gaston on Sunday afternoon. Photo used with permission from Raleigh Wake Scanner.
The plane as it is pulled to shore on Lake Gaston on Sunday afternoon. Photo used with permission from Raleigh Wake Scanner.

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