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02-05-2009, 10:44 PM


SEVEN people aboard a light plane that made an emergency landing in Darwin Harbour waded through shallow water to get to land.

The plane was carrying six computer technicians, none of whom was injured, to the remote Arnhem Land community of Maningrida. The pilot experienced engine troubles and was forced to land in the harbour shortly after 8.30am (CST) today. The plane came to rest on a sand bank, about 200m off East Point Reserve on the outskirts of the city.

"Apparently the pilot experienced some engine troubles on take-off and realised that he would not be able to make it back to the airport so he has made a decision to land it on the beach," Superintendent Rob Farmer said.

A witness to the crash, Mel Collins, said she was shocked to see the plane go down. "The plane came from the left and the back of the flat - really close to the water - it was really close and I thought what's going on with it...," she told the ABC.