It’s So Cold That a Plane Actually Landed on the Frozen Surface of Lake Huron

Yes, the ice was thick enough.

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In this Feb. 6, 2014 aerial photo is a view of Lake Huron looking south towards Port Huron, Mich., right, and Sarnia, Ont., left.

Well, the Great Lakes are now frozen enough that a small passenger plane safely landed on the icy surface of Lake Huron Monday. The pilot of the seven-passenger aircraft, headed for northern Michigan’s Mackinac Island, decided to make the emergency landing when the engine failed and he couldn’t keep it from stalling, 9&10 News reports. After the plane touched down, police, fire crews and snowmobilers helped escort passengers off the ice.

None of the six passengers or the pilot were injured, and the plane wasn’t damaged. In fact, one passenger told police that the pilot did such a “fantastic job” that the landing was actually “softer than landing on the runway.”

Crews managed to use snowmobiles to tow the plane off the icy lake and back to St. Ignace, where it had taken off.