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8-year-old girl killed while sunbathing after plane unexpectedly landed on beach

By Mason White 3:25 PM August 3, 2017
Plane landed on crowded beach
Plane landed on crowded beach
By: Tanya Clark

(Scroll down for video) Two people died while enjoying a sunny day at the beach after a small aircraft made an emergency landing, according to police Portugal.

Caparica police identified the victims as an 8-year-old girl and a 56-year-old man.

The two victims were not related. No one else was injured. The pilot and a passenger of the small plane were detained for questioning.

According to witnesses at the Sao Joao Beach, the incident began unfolding on Wednesday afternoon. Sunbathers noticed that the Cessna was flying low and wobbling in the air.

When the plane came dangerously low to the ground at around 5:00 p.m., some people ran into the sea to get out of the way.

Most people fled while yelling in panic. The plane ran over the man’s legs. He was sunbathing on a towel and did not notice the plane coming in for landing.

He died at the scene. The 8-year-old girl, who was identified as Sofia, was also hit by the plane and she died at the scene. The girl’s parents were nearby, and they were not injured.

The plane’s left wing appeared to be broken. The two pilots of the plane are facing charges of negligent homicide.