The owner of the Hawaii Mars water bomber says the historic plane has suffered hull damage after striking rocks in a Wisconsin lake.
The 63-year-old Vancouver Island-based amphibious water bomber was performing demonstration drops at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh airshow in Wisconsin Friday.
Coulson Flying Tankers says the crew was scooping water on Lake Winnebago preparing for another drop, when an engine warning light came on. Pilots aborted their take off, then the plane struck shallow rocks.
President Wayne Coulson says divers have found two holes in the plane’s belly, but the damage is repairable.
He expects the work to take a few days, with Hawaii Mars expected to depart from Wisconsin Monday, and return to its base at Sproat Lake early next week.