Close Call: Plane goes down in Put-In-Bay with four people on board

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PUT-IN-BAY, OH (WOIO) - A plane crashed and sank Friday into the water at Miller Ferry dock in Put-in-bay.

Officials say everyone on board the plane made it out of the water safely and on land.

It happened around 11:45 a.m.

The aircraft, a 1977 Cessna T210M was occupied by the pilot and three passengers.

The pilot, Mark F. Neal, age 61, Westland, Michigan was attempting to land on runway 03 and while making the final turn when the aircraft experienced a loss of power.

Neal says he tried to restart the aircraft several times unsuccessfully and made the decision to land the aircraft on the water.

He turned the aircraft toward an incoming ferry boat and landed the aircraft approximately 150 feet from the Miller Ferry pier.

Neal and two rear passengers got out through the left side door and the right front passenger was pulled from the aircraft by the pilot through the luggage hatch.

Deckhands from Miller Ferry threw out a life ring and life vests to the victims.

The passengers have been identified as Amber McClure, 21 from Detroit, Michigan, Michael Reddy, 67, of Westland, Michigan, and Ashley Braunstein, 21, also from Detroit.

Rescuers say the people on board were looked at by paramedics and Amber was the only one on board injured. She has a bruised shoulder.

The plane sank in 22 feet of water. It is now resting at the bottom of the lake.

The FAA is investigating the crash.

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