FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Baltimore FSDO-07
Aircraft Make: WACO
Aircraft Model: YMF
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: OCEAN CITY
AIRCRAFT FORCE LANDED ON A BEACH NEAR OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND
ASSATEAGUE ISLAND, Md. (AP) - Officials say a banner plane had to make an emergency landing on Assateague Island because of a mechanical issue.
The Assateague National Park Service says the pilot of an Ocean Aerial Ads biplane landed the aircraft on the beach on the north end of the island Thursday morning.
No injuries were reported, as both the pilot and the passenger landed safely.
It is unclear what type of mechanical failure caused the emergency landing.
Ocean Aerial Ads is known for their signature banner planes that have flown above Ocean City for nearly 30 years.
ASSATEAGUE — Assateague got a rare visitor Thursday morning when a biplane experienced mechanical trouble and the pilot performed an emergency landing on the largely vacant north end of the barrier island.
Around 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, a pilot and passenger in a biplane flying over the region experienced mechanical trouble and realized they could not make it to the Ocean City Airport. Instead, the pilot safely landed the biplane on the north end of Assateague on the beach.
No injuries were reported. The plane will be moved out of the surf zone and towed down the beach at some point. Preparations will then be undertaken to move the plane off the island.