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CRESCENT BEACH, FL (WFLX) - A St. Augustine pilot says it was just "dumb luck" he was able to land his small plane on a beach after running out of gas.

Crescent Beach police say Pilot Dan Holiday was returning from the Bahamas when his plane's engine shut down shortly after noon on Sunday.

The 75-year-old pilot was forced to land on a crowded beach about 45-miles south of Jacksonville. "It's very obvious. The engine stopped because it ran out of fuel," said Holiday.

"We saw the plane dropping and jumped out of our chairs," said a witness "And he did a heck of a job of getting past these two umbrellas and putting it in a clear space where there wasn't anyone. He's a heck of a pilot."

No one on the plane or on the beach was injured.

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