Thursday 21 September 2017

Angry crowds confront pilot of the plane that killed girl (8) and man (56) after it landed on packed Portuguese beach

Firefighters stand next to a small plane after an emergency landing on Sao Joao beach in Costa da Caparica, outside Lisbon, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. The light plane made an emergency landing on a packed beach near Lisbon on Wednesday afternoon, killing a 56-year-old man and an 8-year-old girl who were sunbathing, authorities said. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
Firefighters stand next to a small plane after an emergency landing on Sao Joao beach in Costa da Caparica, outside Lisbon, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. The light plane made an emergency landing on a packed beach near Lisbon on Wednesday afternoon, killing a 56-year-old man and an 8-year-old girl who were sunbathing, authorities said. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
Portuguese coastguard officers check a small plane after an emergency landing at Sao Joao beach in Costa da Caparica, outside Lisbon, Wednesday, Aug. 2 2017. The light plane made an emergency landing on a packed beach near Lisbon on Wednesday afternoon, killing a 56-year-old man and an 8-year-old girl who were sunbathing, authorities said. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
People walk past a small plane resting by the sea after an emergency landing at Sao Joao beach in Costa da Caparica, outside Lisbon, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. The plane made the landing on a packed beach killing a man and a child who were sunbathing. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
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Angry crowds confronted the occupants of a plane that killed two people after it was forced to make an emergency landing on a packed beach near Lisbon, Portugal.

The plane killed a man and an eight-year-old girl who were sunbathing, authorities said.

People walk past a small plane resting by the sea after an emergency landing at Sao Joao beach in Costa da Caparica, outside Lisbon, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. The plane made the landing on a packed beach killing a man and a child who were sunbathing. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
People walk past a small plane resting by the sea after an emergency landing at Sao Joao beach in Costa da Caparica, outside Lisbon, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. The plane made the landing on a packed beach killing a man and a child who were sunbathing. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

Hundreds of sunbathers were on the beach at Caparica, 20 kilometres (20 miles) south of Lisbon, and witnesses said some sunbathers ran into the sea to avoid the plane.

The plane made little noise as it skimmed low over hundreds of people on Sao Joao da Caparica's sands, witnesses told Portuguese media.

"It happened very fast, there was no chance to prepare... to run," Enrique Coelho, who was playing with his son at the beach and saw the plane crash, told cable news station SIC Noticias.

Beachgoers ran into the sea to avoid the plane.

A number of people confronted the pilots of the aircraft after the emerged.

"Those first moments were very tense," one witness, named only as Mafalda, told a Portuguese paper 

"People wanted to attack the pilot and began to shout and call him a 'killer'. Everyone was really disgusted.”

The two occupants of the plane were unhurt and were led away by police.

Firefighters stand next to a small plane after an emergency landing on Sao Joao beach in Costa da Caparica, outside Lisbon, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. The light plane made an emergency landing on a packed beach near Lisbon on Wednesday afternoon, killing a 56-year-old man and an 8-year-old girl who were sunbathing, authorities said. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
Firefighters stand next to a small plane after an emergency landing on Sao Joao beach in Costa da Caparica, outside Lisbon, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. The light plane made an emergency landing on a packed beach near Lisbon on Wednesday afternoon, killing a 56-year-old man and an 8-year-old girl who were sunbathing, authorities said. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

The National Maritime Authority said the man and girl died on the beach. It did not give the man's age, but local media reported he was 56.

The small aircraft, reportedly a Cessna and carrying two people, appeared to be in difficulty and wobbled as it skimmed low over the sunbathers - scattering them and spreading panic on the beach, witnesses said.

The plane appeared to have a partly broken left wing, which hung lower than the right wing, Portuguese television pictures showed.

The dead girl was with her parents, who were unhurt, witnesses told local television channels.

The plane, a Cessna CS-AVA, had been rented by the Aviacao Aerocondor flight training school in Cascais, a seaside town near Lisbon, the school said in a statement.

"The plane was carrying out a training flight with a student and a senior instructor, who had a great deal of experience," it said.

The instructor could be heard telling a control tower that the plane had suffered engine failure and was going to make an emergency landing, according to a recording broadcast on Portuguese television.

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