The aircraft was an Aventura II amphibious plane, according to the pilot, who called The Tribune on Sunday night but would not give his identity. The pilot said he was going about 70 mph when the engine died. He glided to the stop on Soda Lake.
Investigators had incorrectly said the plane was an ICON sport plane.
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A man and a woman were in the plane when it crashed, said sheriff’s Sgt. Dale Strobridge, but neither was hurt.
He said the plane landed on Soda Lake, which is on the Carrizo Plain National Monument at the far eastern side of San Luis Obispo County.
Strobridge described the aircraft as an ICON, a lightweight plane. He said a business partner of the pilot’s told Strobridge the plane was headed to Tehachapi.
The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the incident, Strobridge said.
INITIAL REPORT: A small plane crashed late this afternoon on Soda Lake in the far eastern side of San Luis Obispo County.
Local authorities were first notified about the crash around 5:50 p.m.
Sheriff's Sgt. Dale Strobridge said the occupants onboard the craft were rescued by a medical team on a helicopter from Kern County. The passengers and pilot were not hurt, Strobridge said. He did not immediately know how many people were on board the plane.
SLO County sheriff's deputies are still en route to the scene, which is about 25 miles southwest of Taft. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.