Couple swims to safety as crashed plane sinks in Florida

Small plane immersed in Flagler County lake

Published  6:59 AM HST Apr 04, 2013
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FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. -

Investigators are looking into what caused a plane to sink into a lake overnight.

A pilot and passenger, Allan and Katherine Burrows of Port Orange, are safe after the two were able to swim to safety.

Officials said the pilot was trying to land the plane on Lake Disston, but the aircraft's floats did not respond properly.

"We just rented a place on Lake Disston and an airplane crashed," said a 911 caller. "It was a floater plane that crashed."

Vacationers sounded the alarm from a cabin along the shore.

In the fading light of the night, it was awhile before they realized it was an aircraft emergency they witnessed.

"The plane is totally gone, its underwater," said the 911 caller. "Its upside down almost or something. We thought it was a boat and we thought that they were swimming."

The small plane sunk instead. The Burrows were able to escape and safely swim to shore.

The couple were wearing life jackets and the cabin vacationers tended to them while waiting for rescuers.

The couple is both experienced pilots.

In a plane less than a year old, why a float allegedly failed is part of the ongoing investigation.

Lake Disston is just east of the Volusia-Flagler county line.

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