SHORE LOOKS LIKE A BUMPY LANDING
A STRICKEN World War II plane almost made a splash landing yesterday when the pilot of the spluttering aircraft was forced to make an emergency stop on a NSW beach.
Charlotte Zeederberg emerged unscathed from her bright yellow Tiger Moth after ditching the plane at Blacksmiths Beach at Lake Macquarie when her vintage plane experienced engine trouble.
She stayed cool and calm in the hot summer sun as she steered away from a crowded golf course and landed the 1942 aircraft on the hardest sand she could find — 5m from the water line. “I was going to land at Belmont golf course but there were far too many people to do it safely,” Ms Zeederberg, 52, said.
“I was losing altitude quickly and had to land on the beach.”
National park ranger John Hoy headed for the beach when he got a call from a worried onlooker who could see the plane in trouble. “She did a terrific job. Parts of the beach were really crowded but she got to where it was pretty deserted. Luckily it's a long beach,” he said.
The 1942 Tiger Moth of Charlotte Zeederberg (middle below) had to be towed 2km through deep sand to get it safely off Blacksmiths Beach yesterday. Pictures: Peter Lorimer