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Pilot films the aftermath of his plane crashing into the ocean

Forget posting a photoshoot of your motorcycle crash — why not whip out the ol’ phone and record the aftermath of a plane crash while you wait for rescue? 

David Lesh and his friend Kayla were in that exact predicament when their plane’s engine failed off the coast of San Francisco Tuesday afternoon. They were in the the middle of an air-to-air photoshoot, getting shots of Lesh’s new plane, when it lost all power outside Half Moon Bay. 

According to ABC7 News reporter Amanda del Castillo who got the scoop, the lead plane was flying overhead taking the photos of Lesh’s Beechcraft plane, when the pilot, Owen Leipelt, noticed that they had hit the water. Luckily, Leipelt quickly contacted Air Traffic Control, who alerted the Coast Guard. Lesh and Kayla didn’t have to wait too long for rescue. 


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But in the meantime, the stranded duo decided to record their plane’s last legs (or wings, rather.) Lesh and Kayla had MacGyver’d some improvised flotation devices and recorded themselves chilling in the ocean. 

Once the plane fully sank into the water, Lesh continued to record until the rescue crew hoisted them up into the helicopter. In an Instagram post Lesh said that he was just “stoked to make it out without a scratch.” 

The plane had avoided any serious impact by skipping on the water a few times before settling in to sinking, ABC7 News reports. Miraculously, no one was hurt.

[h/t: ABC7 News