By Associated Press - Saturday, July 30, 2016

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) - A 70-year-old water bomber had to scrub an appearance during the AirVenture Oshkosh 2016 air show after an emergency landing on Lake Winnebago damaged the plane.

Crews noticed an engine problem during a flight from the Wisconsin convention Friday evening. The crew landed the plane on the lake to inspect the problem, but the plane struck an object under the surface, punching a hole in the aircraft’s body.

The Canadian-based plane was built in 1946 as a cargo plane and later was used as a fire-fighting plane.

USA Today Network-Wisconsin ( ) reports the plane was fully loaded with 7,200 gallons of water when it landed Friday.

A crew of divers was to inspect damage to the plane, but the bomber won’t make an appearance at the air show Saturday night.


Information from: Oshkosh Northwestern Media,

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