A man from West Forks suffered minor injuries when a plane he was piloting plunged into the water of Moosehead Lake during a night-time water landing attempt Saturday, according to police.

The man’s passenger, 24-year-old Ashli Goodenow, of Portland, was taken by helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor with a minor head injury, according to Steve McCausland, spokesman of the Department of Public Safety.

Thomas Coleman, 31, who was piloting the single-engine Cessna, did not require hospitalization.

The Federal Aviation Administration will conduct an investigation into the accident, a routine procedure for airplane crashes, McCausland said.

Coleman told police he was flying the airplane from Jackman and was headed to Northeast Carry, a township on the northeast shore of the lake.

The plane, a four-seater with pontoons, was found submerged in 20 feet of water by Warden Bob Johanson and state Trooper Matt Grant.

On Sunday, McCausland said recovery efforts were underway to retrieve the plane, which went down in Northeast Cove, located on the northernmost point of the lake.

Matt Hongoltz-Hetling — 861-9287
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