BETHEL, Maine — State police say the pilot of an ultralight airplane escaped without injury after crashing his glider into the Androscoggin River in Bethel.

Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland says the plane went down in a portion of the river near Sunday River Brewing Co. around 7 p.m. Wednesday.

WCSH-TV reports the pilot survived potentially drowning by unstrapping himself and then climbing on top of the completely submerged glider before swimming safely back to shore.

Trooper Jason Wing says it was very important that the pilot realized he was upside down and got himself out of the aircraft quickly to avoid drowning.

State police and the Maine Warden Service are investigating.

The pilot wasn’t identified and no other passengers were involved.

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