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Plane crashes in Island Lake (3 photos)

Pilot and passenger escape without apparent injury

Not long after 6:30 p.m. Saturday, a small plane crashed on Upper Island Lake, north of Sault Ste. Marie.

The pilot and passenger escaped without apparent injury from the overturned plane, says James Egan, a resident of the area.

He and his wife were at their residence on the lake when they heard the plane coming in for a landing, as was typical.

Egan said he heard the plane descend followed by a sound he described as a loud, sharp 'baboom'. His wife called 911 while he rushed out to his SeaDoo to assist. 

"There was a tremendous response by the lake residents," he said. "A couple pontoon boats with people offering assistance were already at the plane when I arrived."

Egan said one person on a boat identified herself as a nurse, offering medical assistance as others helped the male pilot and female passenger off the overturned plane. 

Meanwhile, other responders took to the water to try to prevent the plane from sinking and still others went to the closest camp to direct first responders.

SooToday will have more on this as information becomes available.