Officials: Pilot stopped on Kiawah beach for photos, got stuck

A photo of the plane that landed. (Source: Terry Fletcher)
A photo of the plane that landed. (Source: Terry Fletcher)

KIAWAH ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Authorities say the pilot who landed a small plane on a Kiawah Island beach on Thursday morning just wanted to take a few photos.

According to Charleston County Sheriff's Office Major Jim Brady, the pilot told authorities he was traveling from Tampa to New Jersey and wanted to land so he could take some pictures of the beach.

During that process, his plane became stuck in the sand near The Ocean Course, Brady said.

Brady also said that while unusual, the landing did not appear to violate any FAA regulations, so no charges were filed.

The plane was cleared for takeoff around noon, Brady added.

The plane landed near The Ocean Course, the site of the 94th PGA Championship, which begins next week. Thousands of fans will travel to the area to witness the tournament.

There are 154 players who have qualified for the championship, inclduing the top 108 players in the world.

Kiawah Island has been making headlines for the PGA Championship, but also the plane landing an F-0 tornado, which was spotted on the island earlier this week and Tiger Woods' luxury yacht parked at a nearby marina.

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