Mon, May 24, 2010
"Motorized Craft" Not Authorized
A pilot from Arkansas found himself in hot water after landing
his LSA beside the ocean about noon on Sunday. Authorities say
36-year-old Mark Jensen was arrested for operating a "motorized
craft" on Georgia's Tybee Island beach near Savannah in
violation of local laws.
Jensen and his mother reportedly were on board the airplane when
it made the beach landing. The Savannah Morning News reports that
after the landing, the two "casually" got out of the airplane and
went for a walk on the beach, according to police Lt. Jonathan
But it apparently wasn't the best idea for a nice Sunday
afternoon in southeast Georgia. Jensen was charged with reckless
conduct and operating a motorized craft on the beach. "There was
nothing mechanically wrong with the plane," Hagen said. "It was
strictly for pleasure."
Television station WSAV reports that Jensen has apologized for
the beach landing, saying he had no intention of causing any
trouble. "I’m truly sorry, and I’m glad no one got
hurt”. Jensen said, adding that he made a mistake,
and he hopes people will accept his apology.
Both Jensen and his mom said they had often landed on beaches in
the past. It's a pretty fair bet they won't be going back to SE
Georgia anytime soon.
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