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Small plane makes emergency landing on Miami Beach

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MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- A small plane successfully made an emergency landing on Miami Beach without any injuries Tuesday.

The single-engine Cessna landed on the sand, off 57th Street, just east of A1A, at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, after the pilot encountered some sort of engine trouble.

Beachgoers were left stunned, but no one was injured. The pilot, Jafet Cordeiro, and his three passengers got out of the aircraft safely and could be seen talking to authorities on the beach.

Cordeiro said he was bringing the passengers to Miami, who were in Vero Beach on a business trip. He was approaching the South Florida area and attempted to make a turn towards the west to get to Tamiami Airport, their final destination, but Cordeiro said, when he made the turn, he felt the engine begin to stutter, so he decided to find an empty piece of sand on the shore and bring the plane down safely. "I wanted to find the safest place," said Cordeiro. "I didn't want to keep going to find out what was going to happen. I saw this empty spot on the beach, and I cut power, and I made sure I wanted to land in this area."

Passenger Eddie Blasini said, "When we were landing, I thought it could be a lot worse, but the way he used his training and his skills was quite spectacular. He just kept his cool and professionally landed the airplane."

Beachgoers were shocked when they saw the plane land on the sand. "It started going like that down to the sand, and we saw it land," said Osmany Martin who saw the plane land. Other witnesses thought that the plane wouldn't make it to land. "We thought it was going to land in the water, but it landed on the sand," said Alejandro Mena, a witness.

Carlos Da Cruz saw the plane before it touched ground and thought it had crashed. "It flew right over my head," he said. "We thought it crashed, but then when we saw it, we thought it was an amazing land."

Passengers aboard the plane did not even know they were about to crash because the plane landed so smoothly. "We didn't know that we were in a crash episode or emergency situation until we were 50 feet above the sand," said Blasini.

Ocean Rescue, Miami Beach Police and Miami Beach Fire Rescue all responded to the scene, but no one was hurt. "To have someone have some type of issue on a plane and land on a beach, is always a huge concern when you hear it on the radio," said Miami Beach Detective Vivian Thayer.

Blasini had a good sense of humor once his feet touched the sand. "We were thinking about coming to the beach anyways, so here we are," he said.

Blasini also said the incident was calm, and the land itself was soft enough that he barely even noticed. "We didn't even know we were in a crash episode or emergency situation until we were 50 feet above the sand," he said.

As officials continue to investigate the cause of the emergency landing, Cordeiro received a round of applause. "I feel a little sad that this had to happen, but thank you. I did what I could do," he said.

The plane was later moved to a grassy area on 64th Street, where it will later be dismantled and sent to a mechanic to determine what went wrong.

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