Plane removed from Pompano Beach after making emergency landing

Pilot lands safely on beach after plane experienced engine problems

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. – A team of mechanics broke down a small plane that made an emergency landing on Pompano Beach and removed it from the beach Friday morning.

The Piper J5A aircraft took off from North Perry Airport and went down about 4:30 p.m. Thursday after the plane experienced some problems with its engine.

"Oh he was so low, close to 20 feet off the ground," Carol Carlisle, who is also a pilot, said.

Carlisle said she watched the plane land on the sand from her balcony on South Ocean Boulevard.

"I thought he did crash," she said.

The pilot was quick to act and landed safely on the sand.

"It tipped over on its nose, but there was no damage. The pilot did a pretty good job," mechanic David Bettencourt said.

Meanwhile, beach goers said they were shocked that no one was injured.

"I've never seen a plane land on the beach, especially how well executed it was," Carlisle said.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.

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