Canadian rescued after crashing plane in Lake Michigan - WNEM TV 5

Canadian rescued after crashing plane in Lake Michigan

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ST. MARTIN, Mich. (WNEM) -

A Canadian resident had to be rescued after he crashed his plane into Lake Michigan.

The accident happened about 7 p.m. on July 18.

An OAM A-Star helicopter crew, assigned to the Great Lakes Air and Marine Branch on Selfridge Air National Guard Base, was returning from a mission when they heard a call for help from a pilot in distress, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.

The crew responded to St. Martin, an island in Lake Michigan. They then established communication with the wife of the downed pilot. She was circling the crash site in a separate aircraft, border protection said.

The OAM crew was able to locate the airplane and found the pilot exiting the aircraft.

The pilot has been identified as Robert Kelly, of Canada.

The crew landed on a beach near the crash site and discovered Kelly only suffered minor injuries, border protection said.

“The quick thinking and precision flying of this aircrew was instrumental in this rescue,” said Mike Bishop, Director of Air Operations. “We could not have asked for a better outcome and I am very proud that my guys could reunite this husband and wife.”

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