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Pilot lands plane in sea off France after engine breakdown

By Agence France-Presse Published Jul 31, 2023 11:42 am

A pilot landed his tourist plane in choppy waters off southern France on Sunday, July 30 after the aircraft's engine broke down, with all occupants surviving unharmed, firefighters said.

The Cessna 177 touched down 600 meters (1,968 feet) off the coast near the Mediterranean resort of Frejus shortly before 10:00 a.m. (4:00 p.m., Philippine time).

The local fire service said the pilot chose the location to "avoid the beach, where there were already a lot of holidaymakers."

"To pull that off, you need a lot of technical ability and a bit of luck," a spokesman said.

Firefighters rescued two women and one man, who escaped unharmed but were shaken up.

The plane sank, although no pollution has been detected in the sea so far. (AFP)