Biplane Lands On Assateague Island After Engine Issue

Biplane Lands On Assateague Island After Engine Issue
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ASSATEAGUE — Assateague got a rare visitor Thursday morning when a biplane experienced mechanical trouble and the pilot performed an emergency landing on the largely vacant north end of the barrier island.

Around 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, a pilot and passenger in a biplane flying over the region experienced mechanical trouble and realized they could not make it to the Ocean City Airport. Instead, the pilot safely landed the biplane on the north end of Assateague on the beach.

No injuries were reported. The plane will be moved out of the surf zone and towed down the beach at some point. Preparations will then be undertaken to move the plane off the island.

About The Author: Shawn Soper

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Shawn Soper has been with The Dispatch since 2000. He began as a staff writer covering various local government beats and general stories. His current positions include managing editor and sports editor. Growing up in Baltimore before moving to Ocean City full time three decades ago, Soper graduated from Loch Raven High School in 1981 and from Towson University in 1985 with degrees in mass communications with a journalism concentration and history.