Ten people, including “Scrubs” and “Spin City” fame television producer Bill Lawrence, were rescued from a seaplane after it made an emergency landing in the East River on Friday evening, officials said.
According to NBC news;
An NYPD Harbor Unit boat picked up the ten people, who were wearing life vests and sitting in the plane after it went down in the water, Among them were a pilot and nine passengers, including Lawrence, who described the plane as “our plane” in an Instagram post.
“I don’t like this,” Lawrence can be heard saying in the video right before the plane hits the water. In the caption for the video, he wrote, “Just landing in the east river. No big deal.” The video has since been deleted.
Lawrence is known for creating, producing or writing a number of well-known shows, including “Scrubs,” “Spin City,” “Cougar Town,” “Friends,” and “Boy Meets World.”
The plane was leaving SkyPort Marina at East 23rd Street, en route to East Hampton Airport, when it had trouble taking off, according to officials. During the third attempt at takeoff, the plane hit the water, fracturing three struts on its left side.
With three struts broken, the aircraft began to list and the pilot aborted takeoff and made a hard landing in the water, according to officials.