Plane makes emergency landing in Bellingham Bay
A single-engine airplane that made an emergency landing in Bellingham Bay on Thursday has been towed to Squalicum Harbor and lifted out of the water.
On Friday, it sat in a parking lot near LFS Wholesale on Roeder Avenue as an investigation continued into why the airplane, a Navion Rangemaster, went down off Locust Beach just outside Bellingham city limits.
Snowie had hoped to land at Bellingham International Airport but couldn’t make it.
He instead landed safely in 3 to 4 feet of water at nearby Locust Beach around 4:42 p.m. Thursday, according to the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office.
It was about 200 yards from shore.
Snowie was the only person in the airplane and was uninjured.
Authorities believe a person in a nearby boat brought the pilot to shore.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident.
Snowie couldn’t be reached for comment Friday.
Locust Beach is popular with kiteboarders, skimboarders and other beach-goers. It is located below the mouth of the Nooksack River.