Published on : Wednesday, February 19, 2014
This winter as temperatures drop the Great Lakes have been frozen making an ideal platform for a plane to make emergency landing on the icy surface of Lake Huron. The pilot of the seven-passenger aircraft, headed for northern Michigan’s Mackinac Island, decided to make the emergency landing on Monday when the engine failed and he could not keep it from stalling. No casualties have been reported. Crews managed to use snowmobiles to tow the plane off the icy lake and back to St. Ignace, where it had taken off. The plane was boarded by the Born family with its six members.
With each week bringing more arctic temperatures, the Great Lakes are nearly 90 percent frozen. But the test of just how solid the ice might be came Monday when a small plane was forced to make an emergency landing. As of February 13, ice covered more than 88 percent of the Great Lakes, according to NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory. As of Thursday, ice cover extended across 88 percent, according to the federal government’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor. The last time the lakes came this close was in 1994, when 94 percent of the surface was frozen.