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Small plane crashes in Big Bear Lake; no one hurt

A single-engine Beechcraft is seen after it crashed in Big Bear Lake while trying to make an emergency landing on Saturday, April 6, 2013. The five passengers inside the plane were not hurt.

April 7, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
The pilot of a small plane trying to make an emergency landing Saturday at Big Bear Airport wound up in the lake instead.

The plane crashed at 10:40 a.m. There were five passengers aboard the single-engine Beechcraft, including a 5 year old. Everybody inside managed to safely wade out of the shallow water. No one was seriously hurt, though officials say some of them did suffer minor cuts and bruises.

The pilot had radioed moments before it happened, saying he was having engine trouble. He was cleared to land at the airport, but lost altitude and came up short.

The craft landed in the water near the lake's south shore. The plane's flight origination was not immediately.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.