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WWII plane makes emergency landing during Florida airshow

A WWII plane made an emergency landing in the water during the Cocoa Beach Air Show on Saturday.

The TBM Avenger performing in the warbird parade had a mechanical issue and the pilot was able to bring the plane down close to the shore. Rescue Personnel were immediately on scene and the pilot is okay,” Cocoa Beach Air Show said in a statement, Florida Today reported.

Video shows the plane’s landing in the ocean near the shore, narrowly missing multiple people in the water.

The pilot declined medical service after being rescued and no one was injured from the landing, Brevard County Fire Rescue said.

The plane’s propellor can be seen not working in another video by Melanie Schrader, according to Florida Today.

“It looked like (the pilot) pulled up at the last moment and avoided any spectators, there were loads of people on the water, and then I saw him on top of the plane, it looked like he was okay,” Schrader said. 

“He was sputtering down the beach and was like ‘Oh, he doesn’t sound good’ and just started filming,” she added.

The air show will continue until Sunday.

Tags air show Brevard County, Florida Cocoa Beach, Florida Florida Grumman TBF Avenger

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