🚨 Witnesses in Ellacoya State Park reported seeing the plane go into the water

🚨 The body of the pilot was found Sunday morning.

NOTE: This story was updated with additional information

A small plane crashed into Lake Winnipesaukee near Gilford Saturday night.

The FAA told Seacoast Current the Cessna 150 went down around 9:15 p.m., with only the pilot on board.

The Gilford Fire Department told NBC Boston the plane went down near Ellacoya State Park along Route 11 and the western side of the lake. Witnesses at the park reported seeing the plane crash into the water.

New Hampshire Fish & Game said its conservation officers, members of the Gilford Fire Department, New Hampshire Marine Patrol, and New Hampshire State Police searched the water Saturday night, but found only debris.

When the search resumed Sunday morning, the pilot was located in nearly 60 feet of water. The pilot's identity was not disclosed, pending notification of family.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will investigate the cause of the crash.

A 78-year-old Center Harbor man was pulled from the water when his plane crashed into the lake in Meredith Bay in August 2020, according to a Union Leader report.

Map shows location of Ellacoya State Park in Gliford
Map shows location of Ellacoya State Park in Gliford (Canva)

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com or via X (Twitter) @DanAlexanderNH

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