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Tecnam P2008’s perfect emergency landing on Sydney beach

written by Adam Thorn | May 26, 2021
The Tecnam P2008, registration 23-1600, after making its emergency landing (NSW Ambulance)

A Tecnam P2008 made what appeared to be a perfect emergency landing on Collaroy Beach in Sydney at 2pm on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old male pilot was onboard with a 28-year-old female passenger and a one-year-old child, and all escaped without injury.

A beach buggy then attempted to tow the plane, registration 23-1600, off the sand, but become bogged down itself.

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Witness Don Cunningham told the ABC he was drinking 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,” he said.

“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.”

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The ATSB said in a statement, “The forced landing of a Tecnam P2008 aircraft on Collaroy Beach on Wednesday afternoon following a reported engine failure has been reported to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.”

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