Small plane crashes in Oakland Park lake

Pilot escapes from plane unharmed

OAKLAND PARK, Fla. – A small plane crashed into a lake Wednesday in Oakland Park.

According to the Oakland Park Fire Rescue Department, the plane went down in a lake just west of Veterans Park.

"it just popped and we saw smoke come out of it," one witness, Xavier Bryan, said. 

The pilot got out of the plane and wasn't injured.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the Canadian-registered Piper PA-23 lost power about 12:15 p.m.

The plane, which apparently sank, was nowhere to be seen when Sky 10 arrived.

"Once we heard the engine knock, the plane went down. They nosedived right into the lake," Bryan said. 

Cellphone video taken just after the crash shows the plane with its tail in the air. 

"The engine went out right here, in the middle of the air, so it seems that way to me because it was a puff of smoke and the plane started to nosedive," another witness, Ronald Forbes, said. 

Witnesses said the pilot swan to shore after the crash.

"He had, like, a box, and he was actually swimming with the box from the plane to the shore," Bryan said.

Bergen said the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash.

About the Authors:

Terrell Forney joined Local 10 News in October 2005 as a general assignment reporter. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, but a desire to escape the harsh winters of the north brought him to South Florida.