The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News - MARK MORRI

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

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