Fire Fighter Plane Sinks in Lake Livingston, ONALASKA, August 9, 2022 - At approximately 5:00 p.m. on August 9, 2022, a Fire Boss Single Engine Air Tanker/Scooper was scooping water off Lake Livingston (south side of the big bridge) when there was some type of malfunction. The plane crashed into the water. The pilot was able to get out of the plane as it sank. A boat with good Samaritans on board spotted the accident, and went by and rescued the pilot from the water. The pilot had no injuries. Part of the plane (a pontoon) was the only thing that didn't sink.
Due to the aircraft incident that occurred the Trinity River Authority (TRA) is enacting its Ordinance 020AAAA and prohibiting access to the immediate area on Lake Livingston surrounding the US HWY 190 W causeway, as well as several boat ramps, for a period of 24 hours. Closed boat ramps will have traffic cones restricting access. Do not remove cones to gain access. This action is for public protection as well as reservation of the accident area for investigation.
TRA is taking this action at the direction of County and State Emergency Management officials.
A pontoon that was mounted on the plane broke off when the plane sunk. The pontoon remained afloat.
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