Thursday, August 02, 2012

Seaglide, N52596: Pilot stopped on Kiawah beach for photos, got stuck - South Carolina coast

KIAWAH ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Authorities say the pilot who landed a small plane on a Kiawah Island beach on Thursday morning just wanted to take a few photos. 
According to Charleston County Sheriff's Office Major Jim Brady, the pilot told authorities he was traveling from Tampa to New Jersey and wanted to land so he could take some pictures of the beach.

During that process, his plane became stuck in the sand, Brady said.

The major also said that while unusual, the landing did not appear to violate any FFA regulations, so no charges were filed.

The plane was cleared for takeoff around noon, Brady added.

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. - (AP) -- Authorities say a small plane landed on the beach on Kiawah Island near the Ocean Course, the site of next week's PGA Championship, so the pilot could take some pictures.  

Maj. Jim Brady of the Charleston County Sheriff's Office says the plane landed around 11:15 a.m. Thursday and got stuck for a while in soft sand.

Brady said the pilot, who was not immediately identified, was flying from Tampa to New Jersey and decided to stop and take the photos. The plane was freed from the sand and took off again around noon.

Brady said while the landing was unusual, it did not violate Federal Aviation Administration rules so no charges were filed.

Kiawah Islands, SC (WLTX) - An airplane landed on a beach Thursday close to the Ocean Course Golf Course, the site of this month's PGA Championship. 

Charleston County deputies say around 11:13 a..m, they got a call that a plane had landed at a beach on Kiawah Island. Officers say when they arrived, they discovered a single engine plane a quarter mile from the golf course.

According to deputies, the pilot was traveling from Tampa, Florida to New Jersey, and landed on the beach to take a few photos. The plane's tire's however, got stuck in the sand.

Around noon, the plane was cleared and took flight back on its original destination.

Police say no charges are planned, and it doesn't appear the pilot violated any FAA regulations.

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