Authorities responded to a report of an aircraft in the Red River late Sunday morning. Two men on board the plane escaped, apparently without major injuries.
The Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that just before 11:00 a.m. Sunday, two men were practicing touch-and-go landings at the Shreveport Downtown Airport when the engine apparently failed in their Cessna aircraft.
The plane went into the Red River near the end of the south runway, but the men were able to get out and swim to the Bossier City side of the river. The men did not appear to be injured but were taken to Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport as a precaution, authorities said.
A deputy said a pilot at the airport saw the plane take off, then heard its engine stop. He saw the plane drop below the tree line and called 911.
Bossier City police and fire departments and the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office, along with Shreveport Fire and the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene.
Shortly after the incident, the airport returned to normal operations, however the plane had not been removed from the site of the crash as of Sunday afternoon.
The names of the two men involved were not immediately released.