News Plane incidents — 19 September 2017

No one was injured when an experimental aircraft landed on the beach at Sand Key Monday afternoon.

According to Clearwater police, the small plane was forced to make an emergency landing on the beach after experiencing mechanical problems.

The landing happened just before 1 p.m. on a deserted stretch of sand near the Sheraton.

Two people were on board, according to police. Neither of them was injured.

The FAA has been notified.

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CLEARWATER, FL — Mechanical issues forced the pilot of a small plane to make an emergency landing on Sand Key Monday afternoon.

Clearwater Police say the pilot managed to bring the experimental craft down on a deserted stretch of sand, just south of the Sheraton. As a result, no one on the beach was injured. Two people on board the plane also escaped injuries, Rob Shaw, the police department’s spokesman, wrote in an email.

“The pilot reported he had some type of mechanical issue before landing,” Shaw said.

The plane made the landing around 12:50 p.m. Sept. 18. The names of the pilot and passenger have not been released.

No further information about the landing is available. Shaw did say the FAA was notified about the incident.

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