Experimental SeaRay Airplane Crashes Into Alligator Infested Lake Jessup, Near Sanford Florida; Pilot OK
Sanford, Fla. -
An experimental airplane has crashed into Lake Jessup, just outside of Sanford Florida. Seminole County emergency management officials said they started to receive calls at 8:30am Thursday morning that an airplane had crashed into the alligator infested lake.
Emergency crews arrived to find the airplane upside down near Bird Island, in the center of the lake, and the pilot standing outside the plane in knee deep water. The airplane was a SeaRay amphibious kit plane manufactured by Progressive Aerodyne Inc. registered to registered to Moonbeam Leasing of Longwood Florida.
Lake Jessup is considered an alligator infested lake because this is the location many wildlife officers take captured nuisance alligators that are found in close proximity to public places or lounging in pools of homeowners and apartment complexes.
According to the manufacturer, the airplane is capable of flying at speeds of up to 120mph, with a cargo load of 550lbs, and weighs only 830lbs without cargo and takes between 600-900 hours to build.