WATERFORD, C.T. (WIVB) - Imagine being at a beach and seeing a small plane flying very low, and eventually making an emergency landing on the beach. That happened to people in Connecticut and the pilot of the plane is from western New York.
It could have been a much worse situation, but thanks to the quick thinking of an East Amherst pilot, everyone is safe.
The FAA says the pilot, Kenyon Riches, was flying from Buffalo to Connecticut when his engine shut down.
Riches immediately had to do an emergency landing. Luckily he missed popular beaches and ended up landing in a marshy area near Waterford. He ended up just miles away from his planned destination, the Groton-New London Airport.
Officials say there were no injuries and Riches was the only person in the Sonex aircraft. A Sonex is a home-built aircraft.
A spokesperson for the company says before one of their planes can fly, the pilot must be licensed and the plane must be given an FAA air worthiness certificate. But questions are still looming about why the engine malfunctioned.
Eyewitnesses told the publication, the "Groton Patch" that the aircraft got so low to the ground, they could see the pilot through the plane's window.
Eyewitness Anthony Barrioa said, "Plane starts to come down, at first I thought it was just flying, bearing low, and it's really silent, which is the crazy part. Like not a single noise and it starts getting lower, and lower, and lower and I'm not even really paying attention. I went to the side to kind of get a glimpse of the guy. It looked like he's thrown his hands up. It was completely out of control. And just brings himself in as gently as he can."
FAA spokesperson says officials are investigating what caused the aircraft's engine to cut off power. Officials say even though the damage to the plane is minor, it will still take them a couple of weeks to determine what caused this incident.
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