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Plane lands, intentionally, in river near Gateway Arch

Posted at 3:09 PM, Feb 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-14 15:09:48-05

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A small airplane splashing down in the Mississippi River near the Gateway Arch set off a brief panic, but it turned out it was just the manufacturer showing off its capabilities.

The same plane that caused a big commotion Wednesday made a return river landing Thursday north of downtown St. Louis, again prompting 911 calls and a fire department response.

The plane is an Icon A5 manufactured by California-based Icon Aircraft. Company spokesman Brian Manning says the river landings are part of demonstration flights with potential customers.

Though unusual, the landings appear to be legal. St. Louis police say they're not investigating. A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration says it does not appear any federal laws were violated.

Manning says air traffic controllers are aware of the landings.