Friday , February 28, 2014 - 12:19 PM
A scenic flight ended up as more of a soggy splashdown for a hapless pilot in New Zealand on Friday.An engine problem forced Dennis Horn to make an emergency landing on a beach at Martins Bay, about 70 kilometres (43 miles) north of the capital Auckland."Basically the engine stopped, the sort of thing a pilot doesn't want to hear especially if he's only got one engine," Horn told New Zealand broadcaster TVNZ.A blocked fuel valve on the single engine Jabiru microlight was the culprit, but after some repairs the plane burst back into life.But when Horn tried to take off from the beach he ended up crashing into the surf, the drag flipping the plane into the sea."Everyone just ran down the beach because we thought maybe he'd had a heart attack or something," a witness told TVNZ.Hundreds of people were on the beach, but no one was injured.The highly experienced pilot completes emergency landing practice each year.
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