Pair unhurt in plane crash

TOWN OF WEBB — Two people walked away unharmed after their plane crashed into Gull Lake in Herkimer County early Thursday.

The pair were flying a civilian aircraft as part of a Vermont Air National Guard training exercise, authorities stated.

State police said Benjamin P. Brown, 34, of Southern Pines, North Carolina, had the stick at about 8:30 a.m. when his 2010 Jabira 4 airplane sustained a mechanical failure over Gull Lake in the Town of Webb. Brown called out ‘Mayday’ over the radio before his plane went down, sinking into 30 feet of water. Brown had been flying at about 6,500 feet when the malfunction occurred. He had taken off from Burlington, Vermont earlier that morning.

Brown, and passenger Charles E. Davis, 44, of Cedar City, Utah, were flying as part of a close air support combat training exercise with several helicopters from the Vermont Air National Guard, according to the New York State Division of Military and Navel Affairs. Troops in the Blackhawk helicopters landed and helped rescue the two men from the lake.

They were then transported to Fort Drum for treatment.