A four-seat Cessna 172 based at Burlington International Airport, has fallen through the ice on Lake Champlain about three-quarters of a mile from Milton, Vermont’s shoreline.
According to media reports, the plane’s owner, Nick Santo, and another unidentified person were practicing landing and taking off when the plane’s gears broke through the ice. The two men were able to walk to shore but not without having to make their way over thin ice and wade through several feet of water. Their rescuers stated they were both completely drenched and very cold. The unidentified person was taken to hospital by ambulance for evaluation and was later released.
An underwater salvage company has been hired by Santo and his insurance company. They’re currently planning to remove the plane from the lake using a crane later this week.