Float Plane Lands on Ohio River in the West End

Float Plane in West End
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This pontoon airplane landed on the Ohio River in the West End before 3:30 today. It approached the point with its propeller engaged and turning. The pilot maneuvered the floating aircraft safely around boaters already on the river. Many boaters stood on the bows of their craft while witnesses on shore stood by snapping pictures and shooting cell phone video. The aircraft abruptly turned around on the Allegheny River before the Fort Duquesne Bridge. Further upstream on the Ohio the airplane encountered a Just Ducky tour sharing the river. In Just Ducky style the patrons on the DUWK vehicle gave a horn blast and several ‘quack. quack, quacks’ before harmlessly passing one and other near the USS Renquin docked at the Carnegie Science Center. Continuing down river the craft Idled until it passed underneath the West End Bridge where it began a full throttle spurt, though the plane failed to become airborne at that time. Somewhere near the Corliss Street Tunnel the aircraft returned to idling where it slowly passed out of view behind Brunot’s Island. It is unclear if the airplane became airborne on the open stretch of river behind the island.

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Here is an account from the Post-Gazette