A Ramara firefighter is among two men taken to hospital with serious injuries after a plane crash in Lake St. John.
The plane crashed Wednesday at around 3:30 p.m., near the Orillia Lake St. John Airport. According to the initial investigation by the OPP, the small float-type plane was attempting to land at the airport when for some unknown reason it flipped over.
Fire officials say the pair was thrown from the plane and were rescued from the water. They were wearing life-jackets at the time.
The two men suffered what Rama paramedics are calling serious injuries. The pair was transferred to Orillia’s Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Ornge Air Ambulance was contacted, but stormy weather prevented them from responding.
The men were rescued by Dylan McKee. He jumped in his boat when he saw the plane going down and rushed to the crash site.
“When I got on scene there, the two occupants of the plane were sitting on the wings of it upside down and just holding on to it. Very frantic. Things happened so fast didn’t know what was going on,” he said.
Emergency crews attempted to pull the plane out of the water, but it started to take on water and sunk. Divers will need to be brought in to remove it.
The Transportation Safety Board has been notified and the investigation into the crash is ongoing.