Footage Shows Plane Crash Into Sea And Survivors Laughing And Taking Selfies
Unreal footage shows what happens when a small plane crashes into the ocean, leaving the passengers adrift. In true 2019 style, the pilot and his passenger start filming their own rescue and taking selfies, all while treading water and being stung by jellyfish.
Owen Leipelt was flying a small plane off the coast of California and filmed the engine on his friend's new Beechcraft Bonanza light aircraft fail. The plane then hits the water off Half Moon Bay, while Owen sent air traffic control to the incident as he kept circling above the crash scene on Tuesday.
In the water below, pilot of the crashed aircraft, David Lesh, 34, was also filming as he and his passenger found themselves treading water for 40 minutes before being rescued - which I can imagine is no mean feat.
Speaking to NBC and KRON4, Lesh said: "I was probably 3,400 feet, did everything I could. I couldn't get the motor running and put it into the Pacific.
"We skipped along the water for a few hundred feet and the impact was very minimal, it was not hard at all and we immediately opened the door and got out onto the wing.
"We took a quick inventory of what was in the plane. I grabbed my cell phone and the keys to the car.
"I knew we had about 20 or 30 seconds before it sunk."
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Images show plane sinking and the two survivors in the water as the helicopter arrives, the pair take it well and can be seen laughing in the water before they're rescued.
Lesh, who owns a clothing company, added: "It got cold pretty quickly. After about 20 minutes or so, I started to freeze up pretty good. There was jellyfish everywhere. There was sunfish. There was whales breaching around us.
"We just waited as long as we could on the wing. The plane went down, we got into the water. Jellyfish were stinging us the entire time we were in there."
Lesh wrote in a post shortly after buying the new plane: "After 9 years of unforgettable flying adventures around the US, Central America and the Caribbean, I'm putting my Lance up for sale.
"It's time for someone else to enjoy it. I've got a new plane on the way, one that is faster and more capable, one that will facilitate my freedom and lust for punching holes in the sky."
Lesh, who often posts photos of his adventures in his plane online and boasts more than 38,000 followers on Instagram, joked on April Fools Day that his plane had crashed in Mexico.
Tempted fate there, mate - thankfully though, nobody was harmed.
Featured Image Credit: Storyful/David Lesh