World War II-Era Plane Lands Close to Busy Beach During Florida Air Show

A pilot escaped injury after making an emergency landing in a World War II-era airplane in the water off Satellite Beach, Florida, during the Cocoa Beach Air Show on April 17.

The plane ditched due to a “mechanical issue” and rescue personnel were immediately on the scene, a post by the air show’s Facebook page said.

Nickolas Hawley was viewing the air show on the beach with his family when he captured the moment the plane flies over swimmers’ heads before splashing into the water.

“Holy s***, dude. I’m so glad no one got hit,” Hawley said in the video.

Hawley told Storyful about a thousand visitors were on the beach when the plane went down. Credit: Nickolas Hawley via Storyful