UPDATE: Plane that crashed into Isabella Lake removed; no fuel released into water

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UPDATE (8/9): The plane has been removed from the water. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife says no fuel was released into the water by the crash and there should be no negative effects to wildlife in the area.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. (KGET) — A small plane crashed into Isabella Lake on Tuesday afternoon after attempting to take off from the South Fork boat launch area, resulting in minor injuries to the pilot, sheriff’s officials said.

The pilot and sole occupant managed to get out and make it to shore, according to sheriff’s officials. The plane sank.

Sheriff’s officials said the plane failed to gain enough altitude, clipped a tree then entered the lake. Deputies were called to the scene at about 2:23 p.m.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

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