Boy Scout troop helps survivors after plane crash lands in lake

Boy Scout troop helps survivors after plane crash lands in lake
Photo of Marion Lake with Mount Jefferson in the background courtesy Flickr user Loren Kerns

LEBANON, Ore. - As their airplane sank into a mountain lake, the four people aboard safely swam to shore, where a Boy Scout troop led them out to the trailhead, the sheriff's office said.

The single engine Cessna 172B remains in Marion Lake in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness, Linn County Undersheriff Bruce Riley said.

The single-engine plane lost power Sunday morning after leaving the Lebanon Municipal Airport at 10 a.m. Sunday to scout for elk hunting spots.

"We were just having a great day, and we were going to make one more loop," said Tim Lee Miller, 47, of Lebanon, who was aboard the plane with his children Tyrel, 13, and Megan, 12. "We were getting ready to head back and that's when things kind of went south and from that point on it was just, it happened so fast.

"When we started having plane trouble to the time we wrecked was probably a minute, 2 minutes tops and we were in the water," he said. "I turned around and looked at my kids and told them to hang on."

Pilot Trevor Jordan Schultz, 28, of Lebanon managed to glide to a landing on Marion Lake, the sheriff's office said.

"When I hit the water and we got out, I couldn't believe we were all alive and nobody was hurt," Miller said.

The then plane starting sinking.

"It sunk within I would say maybe a minute and it was underwater but it wasn't very deep - 8 feet. We could still see the plane," Miller said.

The Millers and Schultz swam to shore, about 150 feet, Tim Miller said.

A Boy Scout troop from Salem met them at the shore. The Scout leader led the crash survivors to the trailhead, where they were later met by a sheriff's deputy, the sheriff said.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office said the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate and make plans to retrieve the aircraft from the lake.

Schultz declined to talk about the crash. Miller said he and his kids are OK.

"It was kind of fun," he said, "but I don't want to do it again."