Plane crashes into California sea – just ahead of 600 lifeguards staging beach competition | American News

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Video has emerged of a plane crashing into the sea off a California beach…just ahead of a contest for 600 lifeguards.

The light aircraft dove into the water, found itself perpendicular, nose in the waves, before landing upright.

The impact happened on a stretch of beach where around 600 junior rangers were showing off their skills.

Incredibly, the plane hit the sea between the competition rounds, so no one was in the water at the time.

Footage showed a uniformed lifeguard in distinctive red shorts dashing into the water with a rescue board.

Two junior lifeguards, Jake Shaffer and Aidan – who did not give surnames – rushed overboard.

Jake Shaffer, left, and Aidan speaking to NBC News after a plane crashed at sea
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Jake Shaffer, left, and Aidan
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Speaking to NBC News, Aidan said: “Jake says, ‘OK, run! So I start running towards the waterline where the plane is and he grabs a board.”

Mr. Shaffer described the pilot as a young man wearing a flannel shirt.

The lifeguard said: “When he got on my board he had a small cut on his head.

“I kept asking him, ‘hello, sir? How are you?’

“We were just going through these things in the captain to try to get information on the person. What could have happened. He wouldn’t talk. He was sitting there, frozen on table.”

Photo: AP
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Photo: AP

The seniors told the youngsters to stay on the shore as the professionals rushed to the scene of the accident, about 27 meters from the shore.

Corinne Baginski, whose 17-year-old daughter was competing, confirmed the plane – which appeared to be a Piper Cub – did not crash while people were swimming.

The pilot appeared to exit the plane on his own, and was later seen in the back of a rescue vehicle, and was taken to hospital with bumps and bruises according to a spokesperson for Huntington Beach in Los Angeles.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.

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