Sessna 172 Crash Lands Off Belle Fountain Beach

Crews with the Department of Marine Resources are working to remove a small plane that crashed in shallow waters off Belle Fountain Beach Friday afternoon.

Thomas Smith, the pilot of the Sessna 172, walked away from the crash unharmed. At around noon Smith says one of the planes engines had a mechanical failure and forced him to make an emergency landing.

Smith says when he tried to land the plane in the water, something dragged causing it to flip upside down.

Officials with the DEQ say it doesn't appear any fuel or other fluids which could be harmful to the environment leaked into the water. The plane is owned by Omega Proteins of Moss Point.