By: Steve Dellar | 05-07-2018 | News
Photo credit: Twitter @NpasExeter

UK - Vintage WWI Plane Makes Emergency Beach Landing (Video)

A sunny afternoon in Devon ended with a picturesque setting for most beachgoers this weekend when a vintage World War I plane from the 1900s was forced to make an emergency descent using the beach as an improvised landing strip after an engine failure.

The National Police Air Service was able to confirm that the plane had made a safe landing and all occupants were safe after it spotted the aircraft on the beach.

<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Plane makes emergency landing on the beach in Sidmouth. Thanks to Ian MacEachern for this video. Two people onboard safe <a href="">@BBCSpotlight</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Heidi Davey (@HeidiDavey) <a href="">May 5, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The pilot, Mr. Zac Rocky, claims he was forced to make the emergency landing on the said beach in Sidmouth when his engine failed.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">While recovering from an incident in East Somerset spot a plane which had landed on the beach at Sidmouth after engine problems. Safe landing and all occupants okay. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; NPAS Exeter (@NpasExeter) <a href="">May 5, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Mr. Rocky: “We were flying along the coast taking in the beautiful scenery of the Jurassic coast. The engine had some issues. It began to lose power, it faded. I cycled a few options in the cockpit to no avail and at that point, you have to choose somewhere to come down.”

“The land option inland was unavailable. I could have made it but it looked unpleasant. The scenery around here is not a nice place to land something like that and also you need to be around somebody – you need to be near somebody who can help you once you’re down if there’s an issue.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Here&#39;s the latest - <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Daniel Clark (@HEDanielClark) <a href="">May 6, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Luckily he was able to land it on the stony beach without hitting anyone.

“Who knows what could have happened when it landed, it could have flipped on the stones.”

Whereas the Sidmouth coastguard was able to tow the plane away from the shoreline, it, in the end, had to be dismantled in order to remove it from the public beach.


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Anonymous No. 25310 2018-05-07 : 10:22

Sorry IF the picture is of the Actual Plane it was build after the 1920's.


Metal frame, and wing Mono-planes did not appear until around 1920's.

Steve Dellar No. 25311 2018-05-07 : 10:39

To 25310 - I thank our specialized readers for pointing this out.

Both the Telegraph and the Guardian had it wrong then.

Anonymous No. 25324 2018-05-07 : 13:29

Please don't misunderstand.

I was not trying to be a Anonymous Smart A$$.

Having looked at the URL provided and that sites closer up profile pic of the plane YES you are Correct.

Steve Dellar No. 25325 2018-05-07 : 13:38

No misunderstanding and no problem at all. I truly enjoy getting comments from readers who point out anything wrong. Not only does it mean the stories are getting read, it also means they are appreciated. The Goldwater's readers have a voice and freedom of speech. We are not the MSM.

Anonymous No. 25329 2018-05-07 : 14:05

Just to clarify about the aircraft…

The aircraft is a Morane-Sauliner model MS 315 and was first flown in 1932. These aircraft were used as a WWII trainer.

Great job landing on a beach skirted by cliffs. I sure wouldn't of wanted to have that place as my only landing opportunity. But as a pilot during an emergency you take the best option available to you at the time.

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