A light plane made an emergency landing on a packed beach near Lisbon on Wednesday, killing a man and an 8-year-old girl who were sunbathing.
The plane made little noise as it skimmed low over hundreds of people on Sao Joao da Caparica’s sands, about 20 kilometres (12 miles) south of Lisbon, witnesses told Portuguese media.
“It happened very fast, there was no chance to prepare… to run,” Enrique Coelho, who was playing with his son at the beach and saw the plane crash, told cable news station SIC Noticias.
Some sunbathers ran into the sea to avoid the plane, witnesses said.
Beachgoers surrounded the plane after it crash landed and confronted its two occupants, images showed.
“Those first moments were very tense,” one witness, named only as Mafalda, told a Portuguese paper
“People wanted to attack the pilot and began to shout and call him a ‘killer’. Everyone was really disgusted.”
Police intervened and led the two occupants of the plane away.
The National Maritime Authority said the man and girl, who were not related, died on the beach. It did not give the man’s age, but local media reported he was 50.
The small aircraft, reportedly a Cessna, carrying two people appeared to be in difficulty and wobbled as it skimmed low over the sunbathers, scattering them and spreading panic on the beach, witnesses said.
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The plane appeared to have a partly broken left wing, which hung lower than the right wing, Portuguese television pictures showed.
The dead girl was with her parents, who were unhurt, witnesses told local television channels. The plane passed over the dead man’s legs as he sunbathed on a towel, they said. No others were reportedly hurt.
The bodies lay covered on the sand as police cordoned off the area.
The plane, a Cessna CS-AVA, had been rented by the Aviacao Aerocondor flight training school in Cascais, a seaside town near Lisbon, the school said in a statement.
“The plane was carrying out a training flight with a student and a senior instructor, who had a great deal of experience,” it said.
The instructor could be heard telling a…