Dramatic vision shows the aftermath of a light plane crash in Perth where a pilot and a passenger avoided serious injuries after the aircraft plunged into the ocean at a popular beach.
The plane was spotted only metres from the shore at City Beach, just 10km from Perth’s CBD.
Crowds of people also gathered on the sand to witness the rare sight as swimmers made way for emergency crews.
Two men miraculously escaped injury when the plane crashed shortly after 3.30pm on Saturday, local time.
Inspector Vic Hussey told reporters it had been airborne for about 20 to 30 minutes, having taken off from Jandakot Airport, when the pilot reported an engine problem.
“He’d flown north across the coast. He just said to me he was looking for a safe spot to land, and the safest spot he could work out was the ocean, so that’s where he landed,” he said.
Onlookers swam out to help the pilot and his passenger, both of whom managed to exit the plane through its windows and made their way to shore, about 20 metres away.
Inspector Hussey said the two men were “all good”, and quipped that they “should go and buy a lottery ticket”.
“They’re okay. No injuries. All good. It’s a very lucky day for them today,” he said.