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Small aircraft crashes in the Diversion Canal east of LA 22

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ASCENSION PARISH, LA (WAFB) -

An afternoon of leisure for an Ultralight pilot took a scary turn on the Diversion Canal.

A single passenger Ultralight and a two passenger motorized parachute were gliding along the Canal Tuesday night east of LA 22 in Ascension Parish between Maurepas and St. Amant, when the Ultralight went too low to the water and crashed.

"It was scary for me," recounted Terry McConnell.

McConnell was piloting the motorized parachute and saw the crash from above. He says the small craft landed upside down with the unidentified pilot trapped in the water.

"My main concern was that he was going to get unstrapped and get out of the aircraft," he said.

Fortunately, all the fliers are experienced. The pilot was able to get out of his harness and resurface quickly. The aircraft was hauled out of the water by emergency crews dispatched to the scene shortly after.

It's unclear what caused the crash, but residents along the Canal were quick to call officials. Several different departments responded with Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office eventually taking lead.

McConnell, who has more than 300 hours flying, says the craft wasn't going fast, and compared the impact to falling off a jet ski.

The pilot, who declined an interview, was unhurt.

"Just his pride," joked McConnell.

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