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A couple escaped uninjured after their light aircraft made an emergency landing at a beach in Jeffreys Bay on Wednesday. 

 

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said the Plettenberg Bay pilot and his wife were found safe at the beach.

 

"The pilot had landed on the beach in an emergency landing during a flight from Port Elizabeth to George following suspected motor failure," said the NSRI's Paul van Jaarsveld.

 

Van Jaarsveld added that the crew joined the police, Kouga Fire and Rescue Services and the Eastern Cape government's Emergency Services personnel who had already been activated by the Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre.

 

Van Jaarsveld said the incident was being investigated by the Civil Aviation Authority.

 

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The light aircraft reported to have landed on the beach in an emergency landing. (Supplied)

 

In June, two people were killed when a light aircraft crashed near Midrand, Johannesburg in a residential area.

 

The victims were the pilot and a gardener.

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As a Jab 230 driver, I look forward to finding out why this landing was necessary.

Great work by the pilot to bring the lady Jabiru  (and his lady wife) safely to a stop on a sandy beach.

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Judging by the amount of beach sand splattered over the underside of the cowling, the prop was still rotating at touchdown.

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Well no wonder the engine stopped... silly bugger left the cowl plugs in... 😁

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IF the engine was rotating the prop would show it. it's nearly buried the wheels in the sand. (as you would expect).  Nev

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From the visible tracks in the sand he landed on the hard sand and ran into the soft stuff at the end of his roll. Beaches can be excellent to land on if you keep below the high tide mark. Round here they are good on the seaward side of the islands, but not good on the landward side. If you are going with any speed and land in soft sand, you are at risk of a nose over.

I think Jeffreys Bay is just South of Cape Town and would be open to the Atlantic, so probably good hard sand, where it is damp.

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Yenn - Jeffreys Bay is West of Pt Elizabeth, and faces the Southern Indian Ocean, to the best of my knowledge.

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The sand looks damp under port wing, but a bit dry on the starboard side. Anyway, it always helps it it stays the right way up, as in this case.

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