2 safe after plane makes emergency landing in San Diego Bay

SAN DIEGO – Rescue crews and boaters assisted two people who made an emergency landing into San Diego Bay aboard a single-engine airplane Saturday evening.

Both men aboard the plane were uninjured.

At 4:22 p.m., The Coast Guard received a call from a boater stating that the small airplane had landed in the water just north of the Coronado Bay Bridge.

A Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat and San Diego Harbor Police boats responded to the scene.

Boaters who were in the area saw the plane go down and picked up the two people from the water.

The people were transferred to the Coast Guard boat and transported to shore. Both men were uninjured and sought no further medical attention.

“Thanks to the quick actions of boaters who were in the area, the two men were only in the water for minutes after making the emergency landing,” said Lt. j.g. Michael Haas, a Coast Guard Sector San Diego public affairs officer. “Boaters took exactly the right actions, calling in the distress on Channel 16 and assisting the people in the water.”

Divers located the plane, which is outside of the shipping channel. Recovery of the plane is being coordinated with commercial salvage companies.

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