Heavy Duty Recovery 4th of July Weekend

Heavy Duty Recovery on Lake Pleasant

We don’t see a lot of Piper Cub airplanes in the heavy duty recovery business. We got a call to recover a plane over the 4th of July weekend. A PIper Cub was submerged in Lake Pleasant and required heavy duty recovery.

The pilot had flown over to a local airstrip for a refuel. When he returned to land, he forgot to retract the wheels. The wheels caught on the surface of the water and the plane cartwheeled into the water.

Byers Wrecker got the call. We sent over a team along with the right equipment. We arrived with heavy duty recovery airbags, powerful enough to lift the Piper Cub to the surface of the water. The airbags are built for 2000 pounds of force. As you can see we inflated the airbags, which help right the plane. From there we moved the plane into shallow water. The plane was completely undamaged except for a cracked nose cone. Even the propeller was absolutely fine after the wet landing and heavy duty water rescue.

As you can see it was a pretty wet operation. We are thankful that it happened during a hot summer day and not in the midst of winter. We can only imagine how challenging this would have been wearing wetsuits and dodging ice sheets. Also, Thanks to the Lapeer County Sheriff for the call. We had a lot of fun.

 

Piper Cub on side during heavy duty recovery

Piper Cub on side during heavy duty recovery

Bill wading during heavy duty recovery

Bill wading during heavy duty recovery

Placing Air Bags under Piper Cub

Placing Air Bags under Piper Cub

Piper Cub after heavy duty recovey Lake Pleasant

Piper Cub after heavy duty recovey Lake Pleasent

Moving the plane to shore during heavy duty recovery

Moving the plane to shore during heavy duty recovery

Heavy Duty Recovery Details of Piper Cub

A call came from the Lapeer County Sheriff about a Piper Cub that was submerged in Lake Pleasent and needed heavy duty recovery. It was reported that the Piper Cub’s wheels hadn’t been retracted before an aquatic landing on the lake. Earlier in the day, the pilot had headed over to the local airport for refueling. Just as reported, when Byers Wrecker arrived the Piper Cub was floating in Lake Pleasant and needed heavy duty recovery. The heavy duty recovery team pulled two, 2000 pound lift bags from the heavy duty towing service vehicle. The heavy duty recovery team positioned one, 2000 pound lift bag under the Piper Cub. The heavy duty recovery team positioned the other 2000 pound lift bag under the Piper Cub. Next, The heavy duty recovery team inflated the first 2000 pound lift bag. They then inflated the second 2000 pound lift bag. The Piper Cub was now floating above the water. The heavy duty recovery team
Positioned the Piper Cub up. The heavy duty recovery team then floated the plane to the shore.

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