VIDEO: Bad takeoff after plane lands on beach

Published on Friday, 10 January 2014 15:20 - Written by

A scenic flight ended up as more of a soggy splashdown for a hapless pilot in New Zealand on Friday.

An engine problem forced Dennis Horn to make an emergency landing on a beach at Martins Bay, about seventy kilometers (or 43 miles) north of the capital in Auckland.

Horn said, "Basically the engine stopped, the sort of thing a pilot doesn't want to hear especially if he's only got one engine."

A blocked fuel valve on the single engine microlight plane was the culprit, but after some repairs the plane burst back into life.

However, when Horn tried to take off from the beach he ended up crashing into the surf, the drag flipping the plane into the sea.

A witness said, "Everyone just ran down the beach because we thought maybe he'd had a heart attack or something."

Hundreds of people were on the beach, but no one was injured.

The highly experienced pilot completes emergency landing practice each year.