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Float plane flips while landing on Lake Lizzie

A Fargo man trying to land a float plane on an Otter Tail County, Minn., lake on Friday ended up flipping the craft on its top after its landing gear caught the water, the sheriff's office said in a report.

The pilot, Richard Springer, 52, 7317 40th Ave. N., Fargo, had taken off from the Pelican Rapids, Minn., airport about 10:30 a.m., the report said.

The passengers on the plane were identified as his wife, Terryl, 53, and a female child, the report said.

However, a family member said Friday night that the only passenger on the plane was Springer's granddaughter.

A few minutes after leaving the airport, Springer tried to land the plane on Lake Lizzie, where he owns a home, when the landing gear attached to one of the floats caught in the water and caused the plane to flip, the report by Deputy Dion Bredman said.

No one was injured and all of the occupants got out of the aircraft on their own, the report said.

The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office water patrol, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource, and Pelican Rapids fire and ambulance services were called to the scene, the report said.

Springer has 26 years of flying experience, the report said.

The Federal Aviation Administration is also investigating the incident, the report said.