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A game warden pilot for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department crashed a small plane into Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin, Texas, on Thursday afternoon.

One male patient was transported to a local hospital with “potentially serious injuries,” Austin-Travis County EMS said. 

Videos posted on social media and the Citizen app appeared to show a paddleboarder helping the pilot from the wreckage. 

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The plane crashed west of the I-35 bridge, which is just south of Rainey St, a popular downtown area full of bars and restaurants. 

“Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is aware that a Game Warden Pilot was involved in a plane crash today in Austin on Lady Bird Lake,” a spokesperson for the department told Fox 7 Austin. 

This drone footage from the Austin-Travis County EMS shows the plane submerged underwater. 

This drone footage from the Austin-Travis County EMS shows the plane submerged underwater.  (Austin-Travis County EMS)

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Air traffic control alerted Austin Bergstrom International Airport to an inbound private aircraft that needed to make an emergency landing shortly before 2:00 p.m., a spokesperson for the airport told Fox News Digital. 

The plane eventually crashed into the lake about three miles away from the airport

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

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