At approximately 10 a.m. on Oct. 30, a Cessna 172N registered to Hum’n Byrds, Inc. made an emergency landing just west of Navarre Beach in Escambia County.
According to Gulf Islands National Seashore Superintendent Dan Brown, the call came in at 10:10 a.m. that a small Cessna had made an emergency landing near parking lot #1, which is the parking area closest to Navarre Beach. There were two people on board the plane, an instructor and a student. Brown says that shortly after take-off, the two realized they had no oil pressure and began looking for the safest place to land and decided to put it down on the beach. No one was injured in the incident.
The FAA is in route to the scene to complete a standard investigation. The plane will remain where it is until the investigation is completed and then it will be towed.
The company is owned by Mapoles Aviation in Pace. Navarre Press attempted to reach a representative from the company but no one was available for comment.
This makes the second aircraft event for the National Park Service this week. Earlier in the week, a plane crashed along the Mississippi coast in the National Seashore and only small remnants of the plane have been recovered. The pilot and passenger are still missing.