Plane makes emergency landing at Manresa State Beach near Watsonville; no injuries reported

The single-engine plane, stopped at Manresa Uplands as authorities respond to the incident.
(Via Central Fire District of Santa Cruz County)

No injures were reported after a single-engine plane carrying three people made an emergency landing at Manresa State Beach on Saturday afternoon. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.

A small plane with three people on board was forced to make an emergency landing at Manresa State Beach on Saturday after its engine seized, according to authorities.

The pilot of the single-engine Cessna C172 brought the plane down on the shoreline at Manresa State Beach around 4 p.m., according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

In an update Monday, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office identified the three people killed Thursday when two planes...

It was the second episode involving small planes in nine days locally. On Aug. 18, three people died from a midair collision involving two Cesnas over Watsonville Municipal Airport.

“The pilot was able to heroically land the aircraft avoiding beachgoers,” the Central Fire District of Santa Cruz County said in an Instagram post.

California State Parks officials could be seen attempting to move the plane across the beach using a truck and a winch.

Plane at Manresa Beach
(Via Mark Shwartz)

No injuries were reported at the time of the landing; the FAA is investigating.

Federal records show the aircraft is registered to Cardinal Flying Corp. in San Jose.

Deep tracks were left in the sand as authorities worked to pull the plane away from the main shoreline
Deep tracks were left in the sand as authorities worked to pull the plane away from the main shoreline at Manresa State Beach.
(Via Mark Shwartz)