Small plane makes emergency landing on beach in Point Lookout

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A small plane made an emergency landing on a beach in Point Lookout Monday. 

Pilot Robert Lutz says he was flying his small plane back from Bay Bridge Airport in Maryland to MacArthur Airport in Islip when the plane lost power. He says he radioed for help and was advised to touch down on Ocean Parkway, but instead he decided to land the plane on the beach in Point Lookout. 

"I said no, I'm going to the beach. Picked out a nice spot. I knew it would be unpopulated. I knew the sand was kind of firm," Lutz says. 

First responders arrived to the scene just after 2 p.m. and took the plane off the beach and onto a parking lot. "We're lucky that it wasn't a summer day and the beach wasn't packed,” says Chief Jared Siegelman.

Lutz owns Gyro Revolution, a flight center at MacArthur Airport. He says that he and his girlfriend weren’t hurt in the landing, and he was confident he'd be able to safely land the plane. He says, "I’ve been flying since 1994, when I was 13. We train for this." 

The fire chief says once the Federal Aviation Administration is done with their investigation, the plane will be towed from the beach parking lot.

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