Bad luck or just plain dumb? A small plane makes an emergency landing on a beach in New Zealand and then crashes into the sea when trying to take off again.
Dennis Horn and co-pilot were flying around the beautiful Martins Bay, enjoying the Southern Hemisphere summer. The weather was beautiful and the views of nature were stunning, but then the engine started stuttering. To be safe, the crew landed near sunbathers at a sand castle competition.
The crowd saw the plane coming down and feared the worst.
"Holy c###, that plane's going to crash land on the beach," you can hear people saying.
"Everyone just ran from down the beach here because we thought maybe he'd had a heart attack or something," one man recalled.
But the pilot was alright, and very soon he got back on the plane and started up the engine. It started effortlessly, and Horn started accelerating the plane, hoping to take off into the sunset in his glorious white plane and gain the admiration of the sand builders and the sunbathing women.
"Basically the engine stopped, the sort of thing a pilot doesn't want to hear, especially if he's only got one engine," said Dennis Horn, the pilot of this unlucky craft.
And that's when the plane hit the sea like a plastic plane being tossed into the bathtub. Horn and the co-pilot had to pull the plane back on shore. They did some repairs to both the plane and their dignities.
"We're obviously not going to take any risks. We don't want to make an exhibition of ourselves and splatter onto that cliff over there," he admitted.
Luckily, no one was hurt in the ordeal.
FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
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