Plane makes emergency landing on Blackpool beach
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Police and coastguard crews rushed to the scene after the small two-seat single-engine aircraft touched down next to South Shore Promenade at around 7pm.
Lancashire Police and HM Coastguard were called to the scene, opposite Mother Hubbard’s fish and chips, and efforts swiftly got under way to rescue the plane before high tide.
A police spokesperson said: “We were called at 5:42pm yesterday (Thursday, November 16) by Blackpool Airport to a report that a plane would need to make a controlled landing.
“The plane, a small aircraft, landed safely on the beach and its occupants were uninjured.”
Video taken by Lisa Lou Bel, who runs holiday rental apartmetns nearby (On the Beach Apartments), shows the first police officers arriving on the scene as reports of the stricken plane came in.
Blackpool Airport said the two-seater single-engine Robin 200 aircraft G-HIGB is registered to High-G Flight Training based at Hangar 2 at the airport.
No injuries were reported as a result of the impromptu landing – just two miles from the resort's airport – and the plane did not appear to have suffered any serious damage.
It was lifted off the beach by crane and transported to back to its base at Blackpool Airport in Squires Gate Lane.
An investigation is expected to take place to establish why the pilot was forced to bring the plane down onto the beach.
High-G Flight Training were approached for comment.
Second plane this year to make emergency landing on Fylde Coast
It’s the second small plane to make an emergency landing on the Fylde Coast this year.
Police and emergency services attended but nobody was injured.