Pilot arrested after landing plane on Tybee

Sunday, May 23, 2010 7:01 PM
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SAVANNAH, Ga. - An amateur pilot from Arkansas was arrested after landing a small plane on the Tybee Island beach for recreation, according to police.

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

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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30cal
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30cal 05/23/10 - 07:51 pm
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YAEH looks like a massive

YAEH looks like a massive beach party was interupted

emily47us
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emily47us 05/23/10 - 08:17 pm
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Mother and son say they've

Mother and son say they've landed their plane on other beaches together before. They are a special pair--yes they are.
I guess they don't know any better though. Not too many beaches in Arkansas.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 05/23/10 - 08:46 pm
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Arkansas residents' famous

Arkansas residents' famous last words: "Hey, Momma, watch this!"

rmajor
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rmajor 05/23/10 - 09:18 pm
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You have to know that there

You have to know that there is some law having to do with landing on beaches...wouldn't you? Something? They don't have runways and air traffic controllers for the heck of it. Poor souls! They were just wanted to stroll the beach.

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usafvet 05/23/10 - 10:56 pm
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No such thing as an amateur

No such thing as an amateur pilot. Could be a student pilot, but if so, performing illegally. Could be a recreational pilot, private pilot, or commercial pilot. No such thing as an amateur pilot. However, no matter what license or rating he holds, he does qualify as a stupid pilot.

Runner46
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Runner46 05/24/10 - 07:43 am
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A jet-setter want-a-be!

A jet-setter want-a-be! "Let's shake up the locals with a beach landing."

itcouldhappen
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itcouldhappen 05/24/10 - 08:02 am
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Within the last several

Within the last several months, an Atlanta area man was killed by a small airplane landing on a beach due to an emergency. He was jogging with his ipod and didn't hear it coming. I think this might have been in Hilton Head. So, obviously, it can be a very dangerous thing to do and shouldn't be allowed just for a couple of people's pleasure.

fd1962
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fd1962 05/24/10 - 10:06 am
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In spite of the
Unpublished

In spite of the carpet-chewing, this is not an inherently dangerous maneuver. Had the pilot been a bit more savvy, he could have declared the engine stopped suddenly, and he landed on the beach. No FAR's (Federal Aviation Regulations) would have penalized him. In fact, the locals would have declared him a hero.

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flipa 05/24/10 - 10:09 am
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Dum, da dum dum... All they

Dum, da dum dum... All they had to do was land on one of the local islands, like little Tybee. There's not a soul on them. Dum de dum dum-dumb... ha ha ha

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