Pilot safe after beach crash landing

Shaanaaz de Jager

THE pilot of a light aircraft had a lucky escape when he was forced to make an emergency landing on a Port Elizabeth beach yesterday.

A dog on the beach was not so lucky and was injured.

Fire and emergency services, police and the community policing sector responded to the landing at Bluewater Bay.

The 23-year-old Italian pilot – whom an emergency worker identified as Anton Merela, although this could not be confirmed – was unharmed. He was hailed a “hero” by the owners of the Sling aircraft from the Madiba Bay School of Flight.

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