Aircraft crashes in Lehigh, two men rescued
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Rescue workers establish a command site beneath the Pa. Turnpike bridges in Parryville after an ultralight plane made an emergency landing into the Lehigh River on Saturday.
An emergency landing into the Lehigh River Saturday afternoon of an ultralight plane pressed rescue workers into and passers-by into action.
The identities of the pilot and passenger aboard the vehicle weren't released, but the FAA said the plane had departed the Jake Arner Memorial Airport in Mahoning Township.
The small craft landed on the river at about 2:30 p.m. between Weissport and Parryville.
The incident occurred in a remote area not accessible to vehicles, it was reported.
Reports from the scene indicated the pilot was able to exit the plane safely, but a passenger was submerged in the river.
Members of the a whitewater rafting company, who were in the vicinity at the time cut the passenger free from his harness.
The two were placed in a raft and were transported down river to a command site that was established beneath the Pennsylvania Turnpike bridges in Parryville off Route 248.
The pilot was transported by Franklin Township police to his residence while the passenger was treated at the scene by Lehighton paramedics and transported to an area hospital. His injuries reportedly were minor.
The river is running higher than normal from recent rains.
Yesterday, members of the Lehighton Fire Department went to the scene to help retrieve the aircraft.
The FAA also was dispatched to the scene.