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Small plane makes emergency landing on Singer Island Beach

Riviera Beach Police have identified the pilot and passenger of a single-engine Cessna 172 that made a hard landing on Singer Island Saturday evening as Jamie Barker and Gina Mason.

The emergency landing occurred on the beach near 5200 North Ocean Drive in Riviera Beach. Barker told police the plane's engine stalled as he was traveling south from Jupiter to Lantana.

Witness Staci DeLorco, was on the balcony of her condo, when she saw something in the sky.

" I thought at first it was a kids toy cause it's so small," said DeLorco. "And then it dropped out of site and I saw the upside down half of it."

Another witness, Gina Hartel, watched the plane slowly nose dive. "We saw this very low plane really close and we knew immediately something was wrong."

The pilot was able to land the plane on the beach, avoiding several beachgoers including children. Amazingly, no injuries were reported and the pilot and passenger walked away from the incident. The FAA is now conducting an investigation.

The Riviera Beach police department says the plane will be removed from the beach on Monday.

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