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February 17, 2004

(Gainesville, Florida-AP) -- A seaplane pilot on the way to a factory to pick up a new plane was forced to make an emergency landing in a small lake.

Pilot Tom Goodwin was heading from the Bahamas to Moultrie, when his Maule M-6 began experiencing engine trouble yesterday.

About 20 miles north of Gainesville, Goodwin decided to turn back to the last body of water he had seen, the small lake in southwest Gainesville. He said he made the decision after his plane started running "real rough." He was not injured in the landing.

There weren't any lakes farther north, and setting the plane down anywhere but on water wasn't a good choice. "You can, but only once," Goodwin said.

Goodwin said he hoped to resume his trip today.

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