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Polk pilot lands in lake after engine failure

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Courtesy: Polk Co. Sheriff's Office Courtesy: Polk Co. Sheriff's Office
POLK COUNTY, FL (WFLA) - A Winter Haven pilot landed his plane in a lake after his engine failed.

Eric McCoy, 48, was flying his 1946 North American Navion north from Winter Haven airport around noon when the engine began misfiring a sputtering.  Polk deputies say McCoy sent out a "may day" call to the Bartow Municipal Airport tower.  With limited options, McCoy retracted his landing gear and made a hard landing in Lake Hancock.  The area where he landed was about 4 feet deep.

Harry Shannon, owner of Amphibians Plus Inc. at the Bartow Municipal Airport, heard McCoy's call and headed out to help.  Shannon was able to land his craft on the lake, and motor out to McCoy's plane.  McCoy climbed aboard and both men returned to the Bartow airport.

McCoy was checked out by Polk County EMS, and had no injuries.

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