World War II plane ditches in the sea next to busy beach

A pilot escaped injury after making an emergency landing in a World War II-era airplane in the water off Satellite Beach, Florida, during the Cocoa Beach Air Show at the weekend.

The plane ditched due to a “mechanical issue” and rescue personnel were immediately on the scene, a post by the air show’s Facebook page said.

Nickolas Hawley was viewing the air show on the beach with his family when he captured the moment the plane flies over swimmers’ heads before splashing into the water.

Hawley told Storyful about a thousand visitors were on the beach when the plane went down.

See what happens in the video above.