AN EMERGENCY PLANE landing on Upper Lough Erne has resulted in no fatalities this evening.
The pilot of a CESSNA plane has been commended by a senior police officer in the county for the excellent way in which he ‘ditched’ his plane in the water following engine failure.
There were two, including the pilot, aboard the small plane.
The pilot and a colleague raised the alarm at 4.30pm this afternoon (Friday) that the air craft was in difficulty.
Police inspector Roy Robinson said that it was a ‘miracle’ that there were no fatalities.
“They were flying from the south to St Angelo when the emergency happened.
“They ditched their plane in the water and then made their way to the shore at Derryvore (near Teemore).
“There was a boat there to help out but it wasn’t needed – it was a miracle that the plane landed in the water.”
Inspector Robinson described it as an ‘excellent piece of flying’: “We are so grateful that we are not dealing with a fatality.”
He said that neither men suffered any injury, they were both safe and well and their familes were over the moon at the miraculous escape.
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