Small plane crashes into sand during emergency landing on New York beach

A pilot and his passenger avoided injury Wednesday afternoon when their single-engine Cessna made an emergency landing on a beach in NY.

The video shows the Cessna 152 approaching to land in cedar beach at Mount Sinai, Long Island, around 7:30 pm as the sun sets on the horizon.

The plane, its propeller slowly turning, glides over the sand and then its wheels touch the ground before continuing on, passing a walking couple, who look at it in amazement.

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A pilot and his passenger escaped unharmed Wednesday afternoon when their single-engine Cessna made an emergency landing on a New York beach. (@victoria.calcano/NOTICIAS LOCAL X/TMX)

The Cessna then comes to an abrupt stop as its nose sinks into the sand and its tail suddenly rises into the air, exposing the underside of the plane.

Luckily, the pilot, 60, and his passenger, 59, were unharmed, according to ABC 7.

The pilot reported that the plane had suffered engine failure before hitting the beach.

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Cessna crash on Long Island, New York

Video footage shows the Cessna 152 landing at Cedar Beach on Mount Sinai, Long Island, around 7:30 p.m. as the sun sets on the horizon. (@victoria.calcano/NOTICIAS LOCAL X/TMX)

It is not clear where they were traveling or what airport they took off from.

The beach is 15 miles from the nearest airport on Long Island, although there are other small landing strips along the south coast, according to the New York Post.

The FAA says it is investigating the incident.

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Cessna crashes on Long Island Beach in New York

The Cessna then comes to an abrupt stop as its nose sinks into the sand and its tail suddenly rises into the air, exposing the underside of the plane. (@victoria.calcano / LOCAL NEWS X /TMX)

The plane was also involved in a similar emergency landing eight years ago at Sunken Meadow State Park, about 15 miles from Cedar Beach, records show.

Pilot Robert Keletii was teaching a first-time student how to fly at 3,000 feet when the plane's engine shut down, CBS2 reported at the time. The couple made a forced landing and both emerged unharmed.

In 1987, a student pilot making his first cross-country flight in the same Cessna got lost and landed safely on a north carolina countrysiderecords show.

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