Monday, December 17, 2018

Cessna 150K, N5955G: Incident occurred December 15, 2018 in Dana Point, Orange County, Southern California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Long Beach, California

Landed on a beach.

Date: 15-DEC-18
Time: 22:06:00Z
Regis#: N5955G
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 150K
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: UNKNOWN
Operation: 91

DANA POINT, Calif. (KABC) -- A small plane made an emergency landing on a beach in Dana Point Saturday, startling some beachgoers on the sand.

The pilot and passenger in the Cessna 150K were uninjured when the plane went down. It happened about 2:15 p.m. at Doheny State Beach, according to the Orange County Fire Authority.

Though no one on the ground was harmed, it was a close call for Faith Lawson and her husband, Nick Hoffman.

The couple said they were enjoying an afternoon walk on Capo Beach when a stranger yelled, "duck!" The waves were pounding the shore at the time, so the couple said they didn't realized the plane was coming down near them.

"My husband, who was closer to him and could hear better, was ducking and turning, so I ducked too," Lawson said.

The pilot told authorities he had just taken off for what was supposed to be a leisurely flight from John Wayne Airport when the plane lost power. The lucky pilot landed on an empty stretch of sand.

Hoffman said he was impressed with the pilot's ability to control the aircraft as it bounced on the sand and rocks.

"I'd say it was about 100 feet behind us when I turned and looked at it, and it was about 30 foot up over our heads as it came down," he said.

The plane came to a stop at the edge of the surf and close to a troop of Boy Scouts.

"He climbed out on his own, the greeting of throngs of Boy Scouts there -- they were very excited -- and they pushed the plane onto the sand," Hoffman added.

There was no immediate word on what caused the plane to lose power.

Original article can be found here ➤

A small plane with two people on board made an emergency landing on Doheny State Beach in Dana Point Saturday, December 15th, but no one was injured, authorities said.

Just before 2:15 p.m., Orange County firefighters were dispatched to the 25000 block of Dana Point Harbor Drive where a small plane landed in the sand, Capt. Carlos Huerta said.

The plane had taken off from John Wayne Airport and was about halfway into an hour flight when the 63-year-old pilot lost power, Capt. Tony Bommarito said.

“(He) tried to find a place where no people were,” Bommarito said. “They had a successful landing.”

Federal Aviation Administration records show the plane is a 1969 fixed wing single-engine Cessna 150K.

A 25-year-old male passenger was also uninjured in the emergency landing. No injuries were reported to people on the ground, Huerta said.

Original article can be found here ➤

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