The ‘World’s Largest Water Bomber’ will not be flying in the EAA Airventure show on Saturday after having to make an emergency landing in Lake Winnebago.
The Martin Mars flying boat was all set for take off on Friday night when pilots noticed the emergency system lights were on. The crew followed protocol and landed the 160,000 ton plane in Lake Winnebago to check things out.
EAA officials say since the lake was shallow and the plane weighed so much, the aircraft hit something in the water causing damage to the plane.
“The air crew managed to get the airplane up [and] dump the load of water so the airplane would ride a little higher,” said Dick Knapinski, director of communications for EAA. “They are doing repairs right now.”
Tours of the plane will still be conducted for visitors to enjoy.