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Pilot forced to land single-engine plane on frozen UP lake


A pilot has escaped injury after his single-engine plane was forced to make an emergency landing on the ice of an Upper Peninsula lake.

Michigan's Department of Natural Resources says engine failure forced 62-year-old Mark Meyer down Thursday afternoon onto the frozen surface of Indian Lake in Schoolcraft County.

Meyer of Escanaba had taken off from an airport in Manistique and was practicing maneuvers over the lake when the plane lost power.

Emergency responders were notified about 3:24 p.m. Thursday that a plane circling the lake reportedly was having engine trouble.

The DNR says Meyer landed at 3:32 p.m. and was met three minutes later by Conservation Officer Rob Freeborn who was on a snowmobile.

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