Small Plane Lands on Beach

None of the four passengers on the small, single-engine aircraft were injured

By BJ Lutz
|  Thursday, Apr 15, 2010  |  Updated 10:04 PM CDT
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Small Plane Lands on Beach

A forward-thinking pilot says he intentionally hugged the Lake Michigan shoreline on his flight to Iowa in case a problem came up.

That proved to be wise thinking, with the beach just north of Gary, Ind., offering a good spot for Luke Johnson to put his single-engine plane down Thursday evening.

"All of a sudden the oil pump gave out and I had to set it down," he said.

Johnson said he's been a licensed pilot for about two years and will likely need to have the wings of the plane removed so it can be loaded on a truck and hauled off the sandy spot.

The sight of the plane on the beach drew a crowd of onlookers as Johnson and his three passengers got out of the aircraft unharmed.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.

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