Austin paddleboarders save pilot after small state-owned plane crashes into downtown lake

One patient was 'potentially serious injuries' after the plane went down in Austin's Lady Bird Lake

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A game warden pilot for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department crashed a small plane into Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin, Texas, on Thursday afternoon.

One male patient was transported to a local hospital with "potentially serious injuries," Austin-Travis County EMS said. 

A spokesperson for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department said that the plane had taken off from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport for a test flight. 

"The airplane had just come out of routine maintenance and the pilot was on a test flight when they reported mechanical issues which forced them to land the plane in Lady Bird Lake," a spokesperson for the department said. 

Videos posted on social media and the Citizen app appeared to show a paddleboarder helping the pilot from the wreckage. 

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The plane crashed west of the I-35 bridge, which is just south of Rainey St, a popular downtown area full of bars and restaurants. 

This drone footage from the Austin-Travis County EMS shows the plane submerged underwater. 

This drone footage from the Austin-Travis County EMS shows the plane submerged underwater.  (Austin-Travis County EMS)

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Air traffic control alerted Austin Bergstrom International Airport to an inbound private aircraft that needed to make an emergency landing shortly before 2:00 p.m., a spokesperson for the airport told Fox News Digital. 

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department spokesperson said that the National Transportation Safety Bureau will conduct an investigation into the crash. 

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.