ALTON — A Bay State pilot survived after his plane crashed on Lake Winnipesaukee yesterday afternoon.
Someone called 9-1-1 at about 12:30 yesterday afternoon to report the crash.
Members of the State Police Marine Patrol arrived to find Vadim Gayshan, 59, of Sudbury, Mass., clinging to his plane in the frigid water.
Rescuers were able to bring Gayshan onto the patrol boat. He had been submerged up to his waist and was suffering from cold water immersion, police said. Gayshan was taken to Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia for treatment.
The pilot told investigators he had flown from Fitchburg and was checking ice conditions on the lake from a height of 300 to 400 feet above the water.
Gayshan started doing “touch-and-goes,” police said and apparently misjudged his elevation.
The plane’s pontoon caught the water and caused it to crash nose first, police said.
Gayshan has 13 years experience as a pilot, two years specific to seaplanes, according to the Marine Patrol.
The plane is now in about 105 feet of water. The Marine Patrol, N.H. Department of Environmental Services, the Alton Fire Department and Dive Winnipesaukee are working on an extrication plan.
— Jo-Anne MacKenzie