A small plane was forced to land on a beach packed with sunbathers in Portugal on Wednesday afternoon. The emergency landing near Lisbon took the life of a 8-year-old girl and a 56-year-old man, who were enjoying the day on the sun soaked beach.
According to authorities, there were hundreds of people packing the beach at Caparica, a popular sunbather location about 20 miles from Lisbon. Witnesses reported that some people ran to the open water to avoid being hit by the small aircraft.
According to the National Maritime Authority, both the girl and the man died on the beach. There were no other people injured, or reporting injuries from the accident.
The plane, a Cessna, was carrying two people at the time of the crash. Witnesses said that the plane appeared to be in trouble, flying low over the sunbathers, wobbling as it lined up to land. People on the beach panicked and scattered.
Television in Portugal showed that the left wing of the plane may have been broken. It appeared to hang lower than the right. The accident occurred around 4:50 p.m. local time.
Witnesses said the girl who died was with her parents, who were both unscathed in the incident. The man was apparently run over at the legs by the plane while he was sunbathing on the beach.
The bodies of the two victims were covered, but still on the sand of the Portugal beach while police taped off the area to investigate. Reports from The New York Post say that the two individuals in the airplane were unharmed, but the police were questioning them.
By Cletus Dillwood