SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah, Oct. 13, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — A small civilian plane crashed into the Great Salt Lake on Thursday, according to posts on the Unified Police Department’s Twitter page.
The posts stated that the crash occurred on the Tooele County side of the lake.
UPD said the 40-year-old pilot, from Bountiful, was forced to make a controlled landing into the water near Stansbury Island.
The pilot, the only person onboard the plane, sent out a radio message before going down at approximately 1 p.m. He was rescued by a crew from a nearby brine shrimp boat.
Officials have not yet said what led to the crash.
Because the plane crashed on the Tooele County side of the lake, the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office and Utah Department of Natural Resources will take over the investigation of the crash.