When A Small Plane Landed on a Bakam Beach
On this Saturday of 25th July 2009, cellphones in Miri lit up with a flood of messages circulating of rumors that a light plane had ditched into the sea off the coast of Miri around noon. The confusion in the rumor was spread around Miri like wildfire, but eventually it was understood that two men, who declined identify themselves to news reporters, had in fact landed their small two-seater private plane safely on the beach near here after their small aircraft ran out of fuel. Their destination had been Miri Airport. While their aircraft wasn't damaged from the landing, the takeoff however, may have seen the plane take some saltwater damage. No one was hurt in the incident.
Photos can be found in the newspaper, which I've taken a snapshot of. For those who don't read chinese (taken from a chinese newspaper publication), the story is about the same, but with the following information:
The pilot is a 60+ year old man who had flown in from Kuching to Miri. Upon discovery that the fuel wasn't enough to make it as a result of a fuel leak, he had informed Miri Airport of his situation and ending up making an emergency landing near the Bakam beach. The Police and Fire Department arrived to help with the refueling and the clearing of the beach for takeoff. During take off however, they made two attempts with the first one almost ending in disaster, when the plane nearly went into the sea. The second attempt took off successfully, landing at Miri Airport.
No information on the aircraft model except that it is of a German make.
The dramatic photos from a chinese newspaper clip showed the two takeoff attempts. The lower left picture shows an aborted takeoff run when the plane ran into seawater. The right-side pictures show the successful takeoff run the second attempt.
Source Newspaper clip from Sin Chew Daily