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Pilot and passenger survive Oak Bluffs crash injury-free

April 6, 2011, 09:41 pm

A single-engine Piper aircraft crashed on Joseph Sylvia State Beach in Oak Bluffs on Saturday, March 19. However, unlike the pilots of most engine-failure related aircraft crashes, pilot Jean Dupon and his passenger Susan King walked away with no injuries, according to the Martha's Vineyard Times.

Still, both were shaken by the incident.

"It happened very quickly. My engine quit as I was about to land," Dupon told the Times. "And I could not make it to the runway, so I decided that instead of crashing into the forest or some houses, to go and crash on the beach, or as close to the beach as possible, which is what happened. And it worked out."

Though the cause of the engine failure is still unknown, the National Transportation Safety Board is performing an investigation, the source says.

Although Mr. Dupon survived his experience with engine failure, for many other pilots, engines that give out during flight result in fatal accidents. It is important to prepare for the risk of fatalities by investing in life insurance for pilots - a financial investment that may help provide for a pilot's family should they pass away in a plane crash.  

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