This incredible footage shows the moment a small plane crashes into the ocean off the California coast – before the pilot and his passenger on board capture their own rescue while being stung by jellied fish and clattering water.
The pilot Owen Leipelt filmed his failure as the engine of the new Beechcraft Bonanza, and the plane crashed into the water at Half Moon Bay. Lipelt alarmed air traffic control for the incident as he continued to circumnavigate the crash site on Tuesday.
In the water below, pilot of the downed plane David Lash, 34, also takes photos on his waterproof phone, as he and his only passenger arrive within 40 minutes before being rescued. They were unharmed.
Lash told NBC and KRON4: "I was probably 3400 feet, I did my best. I couldn't start the engine and put it in the Pacific.
"We jumped a few hundred feet on the water and the impact was very minimal, it was not difficult at all and we immediately opened the door and took it out on the wing.
"We made a quick inventory of what's on the plane. I grabbed my cellphone and my car keys.
"I knew we had about 20 or 30 seconds before it sank."
David Lash and his passenger looked in good spirits, laughing and laughing joking as they found themselves treading water while waiting to be rescued.
Both Lash and his passenger were rescued unharmed by the Coast Guard. Footage shows the couple waiting in the wing of the plane before it sank.
Pilot Owen Leipelth was shot when his friend's plane struck the water near Half Moon Bay. It alarms air traffic control and continues to circumnavigate the crash site on Tuesday, in a photo
. Amazing photos show the plane sinking and the two survivors crash into the water as the helicopter arrives.
They even look in good spirits, laughing and joking in the water before rescuing.
Professional skier and experienced pilot Lash shows off his girlfriend, who smiles broadly as they are taken away for safety.
Lash, who owns a clothing company, added: "It's gotten pretty cold. After about 20 minutes I started freezing pretty well. There were jellyfish everywhere. There were sunfish. Whales were all around us.
"We just waited as long as we could on the wing. The plane went down, we climbed into the water. Our jellyfish sting us all the time we were there. "
Lash, who regularly posts pictures of his adventures on his plane online and prides himself on more than 35,000 followers on Instagram, joked on April Fool's Day that his plane crashed in Mexico.
He wrote in a publication shortly after the purchase of the new aircraft: "After 9 years of unforgettable flying adventures in the US, Central America and the Caribbean, I am launching my Lance for sale.
"It is time for someone else to enjoy it. On the way, I have a new aircraft that is faster and more capable, which will facilitate my freedom and desire to drill holes in the sky. "
After the incident on Tuesday, he said he told his wife to take everything that would float, like seat cushions.
Emergency crews responded to a call around 6.15pm, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Lash and Lipelt had departed from the Reid-Hillview Airport in San Jose and had taken to the sky to take pictures of the new Lash plane that had only been available for a few weeks.
Lash, left, said he told his comrade on the right to take all Co, which will sail as cushions for seats. Emergency crews responded to a call around 6:15 p.m., according to the Federal Aviation Administration
The plane had left the Reid-Hillview Airport in San Jose before losing power. Lash managed to jump the plane over the surface of the water before it finally crashed and sank
after the pair was reclaimed by Lieutenant cmdr. Joshua Murphy said: The rapid response of the co-pilot to report the downed plane and stay on stage greatly helped the rapid response and the Coast Guard's ability to save two lives.
He told KTVU, "I used to go around it all the time, from the time it affected the water." I have no power. "This is something you don't want to hear. It takes a second to get started." For about 10 minutes I couldn't see him.
The pilot said that "he has never been so relieved in my life for to hear him on the phone "when Lash called him 10 minutes later.
Lash shows his friend smiling as wide as they are taken for safety in the incredible footage
Lt. Commander. Joshua Murphy credits the pilot Owen Leipelt, left, with the help of saving two lives. David Lash, did he say that the water was "cold pretty fast" and he started to "freeze pretty well" after about 20 minutes
Friends departed from Reid-Hillview Airport in San Jose and were in the air together to take pictures of Lech's brand new aircraft when it lost power. Lash is pictured with one of his planes
He told ABC7: "David called me on the phone while he was getting on the water. He turned me around and pointed me exactly where he was.
Lt. Commander. Joshua Murphy said: "We received the call, immediately answered it, went directly there and were able to find the orbital plane and then find the people in the water.
"The rapid response of the co-pilot to report the plane down and staying on stage greatly helped the rapid response and ability of the Coast Guard to save two lives. "