CADDO/BOSSIER PARISHES, La. (KSLA) — Crews hoisted a wrecked plane out of Red River on Monday.
Eight days earlier, two people were on board when the 51-year-old Cessna 150H crashed and sank.
The pilot and passenger were practicing touch-and-go landings at Shreveport’s Downtown Airport when the aircraft went down late that Sunday morning.
One witness reported having heard the plane’s engine stop.
Both the pilot and the passenger escaped unhurt and swam to shore.
The crash caused substantial damage to the single-engine plane that is registered to Bossier City resident Donald Edwards Sonnier, according to the FAA.
A day after the Cessna crashed, Bossier and Caddo authorities used emergency locator transmitters and sonar to pinpoint where the plane went down.
Then about 8 a.m. Monday, a barge from Blount Brothers Construction started carrying divers with Phoenix International in Morgan City and law officers down Red River to the crash site.
The wreckage was retrieved from the river’s cold waters about 3:30 p.m. Monday.
Workers then began preparing to take it by barge to Blount Brothers Construction on East 70th Street in Shreveport.
At a later date, it will be returned to Downtown Airport.