Single-engine plane crash lands on crowded California beach

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A single-engine plane crashed on a beach in California on the Fourth of July (Photo: NBC San Diego)

On a busy California beach the danger came, not from shark’s in the water, but a plane in the sky on the Fourth of July, as a single-engine Piper suddenly descended on the shoreline before flipping over – crash landing on the edge of the surf.

The only injury – a 12-year-old boy – who was clipped by either the plane or flying debris and taken to a children’s hospital. Witnesses say he was disoriented but awake with a gash to the back of his head. The 23-year-old pilot was the only person on-board and walked away unharmed.

The FAA says the plane had been towing a banner ad over the crowded Carlsbad State Beach when the engine lost power, forcing the pilot to land quickly. Crews quickly turned the plane upright before towing it away. Investigators will now try to figure out what went wrong.

Witnesses say they’re grateful more people were not hurt by this surprise from the sky.

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