Friday, July 17, 2020

Grumman American AA-5, N4525C: Incident occurred June 26, 2020 in Morehead City, Carteret County, North Carolina

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greensboro, North Carolina

Aircraft made an emergency landing on a beach.

Date: 26-JUN-20
Time: 20:00:00Z
Regis#: N4525C
Aircraft Make: GULFSTREAM
Aircraft Model: AA5
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

No injuries were reported after a Morehead City pilot was forced to complete an emergency landing in the Carrot Island/Bird Shoal area Friday afternoon. 
(Richard Shapero photo)

Pilot Richard Shapero poses with the aircraft he landed on Bird Shoal Friday afternoon following engine failure. 
(Richard Shapero photo)

BEAUFORT — After suffering engine failure, the pilot of a small plane told the News-Times he safely landed the aircraft on Bird Shoal Friday.

Richard Shapero of Morehead City was taking the Grumman American AA-5 for a test flight following maintenance Friday afternoon when the aircraft “seized up” and suffered engine failure. 

“I brought it down the safest place I could find,” Mr. Shapero told the News-Times shortly after the incident.

Beaufort first responders reported to Carrot Island following a public service call around 4 p.m.

The longtime pilot said no one on the beach was in danger, but some vacationers “got some excitement” out of the ordeal.

“I’ve tied it down, and I’ve got to figure out how to get it off the island,” Mr. Shapero concluded.


  1. Article with photos:

  2. Wonder if they brought a boat to the island or did a helicopter haul for the short distance he was from the origin airport.

  3. Flightaware shows the flight, down to 600 feet. He did an excellent job responding to power loss:

  4. Got my primary PPL training on the Florida coast. We were always told that the hard packed sand next to the water was a better option than the inner beach softer sand to end up right side up (like here). If nobody was on that beach of course. Otherwise it was prepare for a swim if no land based option was an option.