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Video Of Plane Crashing During Beach Take-Off
A pilot in New Zealand made a safe emergency landing on a beach following engine failure - only to crash his plane later on take-off.
Miraculously, Dennis Horn and his co-pilot Manfred Scherbius walked away from both white-knuckle dramas unhurt.
It all unfolded after the aircraft's new engine cut out and the pair were forced to glide for several minutes before spotting the suitable shoreline landing site.
One young girl on the beach said: "All we saw was a plane coming towards us."
A faulty fuel valve was quickly identified as the cause of the single-engined aircraft's difficulties, and repairs were carried out.
Mr Horn said: "Basically the engine stopped.
"Sort of thing the pilot doesn't want to hear, especially if he's only got one engine.
"We actually landed along some rocks there which was a bit rough but it only damaged the aircraft slightly."
With the makeshift runway cleared it was time to beat the incoming tide and fly home.
Things did not go to plan, and the aircraft careered into the surf ending up on its nose in the sea.
"Because we were too cautious staying away from the trees and the boat and whatever," explained Mr Scherbius.
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