Photos: Plane makes emergency landing on Jacob's Ladder beach, Sidmouth
PUBLISHED: 00:02 06 May 2018 | UPDATED: 09:17 09 May 2018
Picture: Simon Horn
These photos show stunned beachgoers marvelling at a plane which made an emergency landing on Jacob's Ladder beach, Sidmouth, this evening (Saturday, May 5).
Emergency services were called to the spot just after 5pm when the light aircraft unexpectedly touched down.
Photographer Simon Horn captured these amazing images.
A Beer Costguard spokesman said: “Rescue officers arrived on scene and quickly established that no persons on the beach were injured and the two occupants of the aircraft where uninjured.
“The pilot made the emergency landing after the engine developed a fault. He showed great skill in landing on an area of the beach which was less populated than the area nearer to Jacob’s Ladder.
“The police and coastguard officers discussed the options for the removal of the aircraft from the beach with the pilot and mechanics who had arrived on scene.
“It was decided that, with the help of the tractor from Sidmouth Lifeboat, shore crew, coastguards and mechanics, the plane would be towed to the bottom of the driveway where it would be dismantled and then transported by road back to the airfield.
“Coastguards cleared the driveway and beach and ensured a safe passage across the beach.
“Once the aircraft had reached the bottom of the driveway and we were no longer required we returned to station.
“I think I can say nobody in the team had dealt with a plane landing on the beach before.”