Two people are dead after a plane crashed into Lake Hickory earlier today. Multiple civilian boats were attempting to assist in rescues. Wildlife and surrounding counties have also been notified.
Initial reports stated that the crash appeared to be somewhere between Glen Hilton Park and Gunpowder boat landing. The Plane reportedly crashed into high voltage power lines and knocked out power to more than 20,000 residents in the area.
The aircraft appears to have departed the Hickory Regional Airport at 11:24 am Eastern and started to fly east. The plane was estimated to peak at 1,600 feet and 103 knots (118 mph). The last radar ping estimated the flight at 1,275 feet and with a ground speed of 75 knots (86 mph).
Witnesses reported live wires in the water as well.
Upwards of 15,000 customers are without service in Alexander, Caldwell and Catawba Counties as the result of the aircraft colliding with power lines.
We will update this story as more information becomes available.
Story: Rob Eastwood-WHKY