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FAA investigating low-flying plane over Tarrant County lakes

Small plane buzzes boaters on Eagle Mountain Lake on July 4

Eagle Mountain Lake low plane. Video/Jeremy Klapprodt
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Eagle Mountain Lake low plane. Video/Jeremy Klapprodt

Independence Day lake-goers in Tarrant County had to deal with a flying pest: a small plane.

Visitors at Eagle Mountain Lake on Monday took videos and photos of a small plane flying extremely low over the water and then complained to the Federal Aviation Administration, FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said.

“The aircraft in the video is potentially violating several FAA regulations, including flying too low over people and operating an aircraft recklessly,” Lunsford said.

The federal agency is investigating, and the videos and photos are helping a lot, Lunsford said.

One photo clearly shows the tail number, which makes it easy to trace. The registered owner is Christiansen Aviation, a company that leases airplanes.

Lunsford said there were similar reports of a plane flying too low over Lake Arlington on Monday, but investigators aren’t sure if it was the same plane.

In a Facebook group, people wrote that they were scared because the plane got much too close to them and their families. Several said they’ve seen similar activity more than once at the lake.

Mark David Smith: 817-390-7808, @MarkSmith_FWST

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