Plane Lands on Portugal Beach, Killing 2 Sunbathers

Two sunbathers killed after plane crash lands on beach

According to the same source, two crew members were inside the two-seater plane and were not injured in the landing.

A light plane made an emergency landing on a packed beach near Lisbon on Wednesday, killing a man and an eight-year-old girl who were sunbathing, authorities said. The plane's two pilots were unharmed and were being questioned by police, BBC News reported. The 56-year-old man was hit in the legs by the plane as he sunbathed on a towel and died on the beach. Officials said the accident occurred at 4:50 p.m. local time (11:50 a.m. ET).

Officials were not aware of any other injuries.

The small Cessna carrying two people was apparently having some sort of technical difficulties as it skimmed down toward the beach at Caparica, about 18 miles from Lisbon.

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Photographs of the aircraft appeared to show it with a broken left wing.

Some people on the beach ran into the sea to avoid being hit by the aircraft.

"We have confirmation that two people who were picked by the plane and died on the spot, Commander Pedro Coelho Dias said".

No others on the beach were thought to have been hurt. The two people in the plane were escorted away unhurt by the police, according to the Telegraph. The causes of their deaths were not immediately clear, but their bodies lay covered on the sand as police cordoned off the area.

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