PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Two adults and two children escaped unharmed after a single-engine Cessna made an emergency landed on Marion Lake in the Willamette National Forest Sunday morning.
The Linn County Sheriff's Office reports that the Cessna 172B took off from Lebanon Municipal Airport on an elk hunting expedition. At about 10 a.m., the plane began to experience engine problems. According to the sheriff's office, within minutes it had sustained a complete engine failure.
The pilot, 28-year-old Trevor Jordan Schultz, glided the plane onto the lake for a safe landing. Then Shultz and his three passengers, 47-year-old Tim Lee Miller, 13-year-old Tyrel Miller and 12-year-old Megan Miller, all of Lebanon, evacuated as the plane was sinking and swam to shore.
A nearby Boy Scout Troop from Salem who happened to be camping nearby witnessed the landing. They led the four survivors to the Marion Lake Trailhead, where they were met by deputies.
Schultz owned the plane, which was manufactured in 1961.
The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.
Marion Lake is about three miles east of Highway 22. It is located within Linn County.
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