By Mike Cugno
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A small plane crashed in the surf line along Haulover Beach on Monday.
Chopper4 over the scene spotted the plane, which was upside down, bobbing in the lapping waves near the shore. It was Collins Avenue and 108th Street.
The four people who were inside the plane all got out safely. They had minor injuries.
“I was sitting on the beach and the plane was coming down and the engine was putt, putt, putt, putt, putt. And he had to make a crash landing on the beach and he tried to land right where the water and the sand meet and when he hit it flipped upside down,” said witness Chet Molner.
“Well, they were very fortunate because obviously with a plane crash we encounter more major injuries but they were lucky. They were very lucky this time,” said Julio Diaz, Ocean Rescue Lt.
Authorities say the Cessna was flying south when it had engine problems. That’s what forced the pilot to park his plane right in the surf.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the accident.