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Paddleboarders help Game Warden who crashed small plane into Lady Bird Lake

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The pilot of a small plane is now in the hospital after crashing into Lady Bird Lake Thursday afternoon.


The plane, which was being operated by a Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden, only had the pilot in it when it crashed just west of I-35 in the lake around 2 p.m. Nearby paddleboarders are seen taking the unidentified pilot to Austin-Travis County EMS in a video.

The pilot was then transported to Dell Seton Medical Center with potentially serious injuries.

Texas Parks and Wildlife said the plane, a 2009 Cessna T206, was on a test flight after routine maintenance when the pilot reported mechanical issues and then crashed.

As of Thursday afternoon, it is not known when the plane will be removed from Lady Bird Lake.

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