The pilot, 66-year-old Timothy Bennette, was transported to UC Davis with minor injuries. Yuba County Sheriff's Office confirms that Bennette has a broken ankle as well as scrapes and burns but he is stable.
Around 8:30 a.m., the plane landed in a side channel of the Yuba River just west of Sycamore Ranch in Browns Valley, according to the Yuba County Sheriff's Office. A witness called 911 after seeing a yellow Piper Cub plane on fire and losing altitude then hearing a small explosion.
Bennette was able to climb to the top of the aircraft, which was in approximately three feet of water.
CHP helicopter H20 responded to the call and transported the pilot to higher ground where other rescue personnel were waiting.
The plane struck power lines in the area according to Yuba County Sheriff's Office. PG&E crews are on scene and report about 16 houses are without power. No estimated time of repair has been determined.
The plane departed from the Lincoln Airport on a scenic recreational flight.
The FAA will investigate the accident.