Amphibious plane crashes into Lake Travis

LAKE TRAVIS, Texas (KXAN) — A single-engine sea plane crashed into Lake Travis Wednesday evening, according to Austin-Travis County EMS.

A pilot, described as a man in his 40s by EMS, was not injured. He was the only person on board the plane.

Firefighters were called to 2011 N. Pace Bend Rd. at around 8 p.m. Lynn Lunsford, an FAA spokesperson, says the small amphibious plane flipped over while landing in the lake.

The Pedernales Fire Department said the pilot was sitting on the wing of the plane floating in the water. “I think given that this was in the water and what happened to the airplane, the pilot is extremely lucky,” Justin O’Baugh, a spokesperson for the fire department, said.

On Thursday morning, around 7:30 a.m., crews started pulling the plane out of the water.

Anyone with photos or video of the incident can send them here. 

On May 28, a small plane crashed in Lakeway. Like Wednesday’s crash, the pilot was the only one on board and he was not injured.

Almost exactly a year ago, a biplane crashing into Lake Travis was caught on camera. One passenger suffered minor injuries, but did not need to be taken to the hospital. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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