Pilot arrested after landing plane on Tybee

A small aircraft landed on Tybee Island's north end about noon today. Its pilot, 36-year-old Mark Jensen, was arrested shortly after.

SAVANNAH, Ga. - An amateur pilot from Arkansas was arrested after landing a small plane on the Tybee Island beach for recreation, according to police.

The single-engine, two-seat aircraft touched sand on Tybee's north end about noon today. Two occupants casually climbed out for a walk on the beach, police Lt. Jonathan Hagan said.

 

"There was nothing mechanically wrong with the plane - they just landed to visit the beach for the day," Hagan said. "It was strictly for pleasure."

The pilot, identified as Mark Jensen, 36, of Arkansas, was arrested on charges of reckless conduct and operating a motorized craft on the beach, Hagan said.

Jensen's mother, the passenger, was not charged.

The pair said they'd landed on other beaches before.

"It's unacceptable," Hagan said. "It jeopardized the safety of our beachgoers."

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