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Small plane carrying flight instructor, student floats into Caloosahatchee

Plane parachutes into water, nobody injured

By Nathan Mayberg - Editor | Jul 2, 2021

A small plane carrying a flight instructor and a student floated into a canal in the Caloosahatchee River nor far from McGregor Boulevard Thursday evening. No injuries were reported.

The plane’s parachute was deployed after a mid-air issue, according to the Iona McGregor Fire District which responded.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office also responded at approximately 8 p.m., public information officer Jessie Santero said. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unite and Aviation Unit both responded.

The plane was described as a Cirrus SR22.

The plane and its passengers were recovered near Griffin Boulevard and Deep Lagoon in the Palmetto Point area. That section of the Caloosahatchee River separates Fort Myers and Cape Coral.

According to the Iona McGregor Fire District, Good Samaritans helped the pilot and the student before first responders arrived.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.