The plane fell to earth in Brooks just before six o’clock Sunday night.
Officials say Reggie Tyler was flying his homemade airplane when it suddenly crashed into the Marsh River, just behind the town post office.
Tyler managed to climb out of the wreckage and hold on to the side of the submerged plane until help arrived.
Rescuers say he was talking when he was put into an ambulance.
He was taken to Waldo County General Hospital, where he’s listed in stable condition.
police say the plane was destroyed in the landing.