Pilot And His Dog, The Only Passenger, Walk Away From The
A 1970 Mooney 20F made an emergency landing Wednesday afternoon
on Atlantic Beach in northeast Florida. The pilot was accompanied
only by his pet dog, and both were reportedly uninjured in the
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Multiple local media sources report that the plane departed from
Jacksonville Executive Airport at Craig Field about 1500 EST en
route to St. Augustine. The pilot reportedly experienced a power
loss shortly after takeoff, and elected to make an emergency
landing on the beach. The tide was out, and he was able to land on
the hard-packed sand near the water.
FAA records show the airplane as being registered to Vaughn
Dobalian of Jacksonville, Florida.
Local officials towed the plane to a spot above the high tide
line. It will reportedly be left on the beach overnight during an
investigation, but is expected to be moved Thursday morning.