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Updated: Plane Makes Emergency Landing on Del. Beach

LEWES, Del. – A small plane made a safe emergency landing on the Cape Henlopen beach Wednesday evening, according to the DNREC.

The Cessna 152 two-seater had taken off from Ocean City, and was piloted by Robert Danzi, of Selbyville. The plane was headed for Georgetown, but experienced engine trouble near the point of Cape Henlopen, forcing Danzi to reverse course and land on an open beach space south of Herring Point.

Officials say both Danzi and his passenger were uninjured in the emergency landing, and surf fishermen further down the beach were never in danger.
The beach area had been closed off for protection of piping plovers, and a Parks Enforcement official says no charges will be filed against Danzi.

Lisa Kucharski says her daughter saw the plane struggling in the sky.  

"We were on the beach and we turned around. And Avery said she saw a plane. So we looked over and we saw it was kind of coming down lower and lower. And it was kind of sputtering. And it finally hit the sand back over that way. And just kind of nose-dived into the sand," said  Kucharski.

According to officials, the pilot was experienced and able to land without causing any damage to the plane. The Federal Aviation Administration gave Danzi permission to remove the plane from the beach this morning with assistance from the Delaware State Park staff.
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