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Ultralight plane crashes into Moosehead Lake, pilot escapes injury

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ROCKWOOD — A Massachusetts man practicing takeoffs over Moosehead Lake crashed an ultralight plane Saturday morning, Aug. 3 but avoided injury.

Rockwood Fire and Rescue Chief Del Hume said he watched the plane go down around 10 a.m. Saturday after the ultralight lost power.

The plane is a total loss after it broke up upon impact. Someone on a jet ski pulled the pilot out of the plane. The pilot was wearing a life jacket, Hume said.

Hume was able to pull the plane to shore with a rope.

The pilot took off from a boat launch on Village Road in his new ultralight, getting about 20 feet off the ground, witnesses told Hume.

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