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October 12, 2013

Crew pulls water-logged airplane from Lake Cumberland


Cumberland Point —

A report filed by the NTSB states the pilot landed the plane with no issue before the aircraft “nosed over” into the water. 
“A post-accident examination by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed substantial damage to the airplane’s nose section,” states the report. “The pilot reported no pre-accident mechanical malfunctions or failures of the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.”
The plane is registered to Monticello Aircraft Corporation in Wayne County. 
Littrell said his team has been called out to retrieve a number of items from the depths of Lake Cumberland, from construction gear dropped into the water during bridge span work, to car keys, to boats and house boats, and even to tractor trailers. 
“It’s a whole lot of fun,” said Littrell, who noted his team at Divers Den brings up from the water an average of five to six boats each year. 
But last month’s quest to pull the plane from the water is something Littrell won’t soon forget. 
“I’ve been bringing up boats for 25 years now, but this is my first plane,” said Littrell. 

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