News State NSW News Pilot makes emergency landing on Sydney’s Collaroy Beach

Pilot makes emergency landing on Sydney’s Collaroy Beach

Police at the scene of the plane landing at Collaroy on Sydney's northern beaches. Photo: Supplied
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NSW Ambulance says a man and woman in their 40s have escaped “uninjured” after landing their light plane on a Sydney beach.

Paramedics are at Collaroy Beach assessing the pair after the pilot made an emergency landing on the sand about 2pm on Wednesday.

A beach buggy was trying to tow the plane off the beach later in the afternoon, but appeared to be bogged in the sand.

A spokesperson for the Australian Transport Safety Bureau said the pilot had to make a force landing after the aircraft experienced an engine issue.

As the plane is classified as a recreational aircraft the forced landing will be investigated by Recreational Aviation Australia.

The pilot was forced to make a quick landing due to engine issues. Photo: ABC News

The pilot told the media he did not want to be interviewed about the incident.

The plane is a Tecnam P2008. Photo: ABC News

Witness Don Cunningham was enjoying a coffee with his wife at the North Narrabeen Surf Club when they saw the plane coming in very low.

“I said ‘gee, that plane looks awfully low’… and there was no engine noise.

“I said ‘this looks pretty serious’ and we just watched and then, very gently it came down, down, down.

“It came a long way down the beach and it finally touched down here. It seemed to take forever to land and it came down properly because it didn’t flip or anything.”