Unfortunately, many Californians didn’t see fireworks in the air but a plane careening out of control. Authorities are reporting two people were injured after a small plane crashed on a crowded beach in California.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the single-engine Piper PA18 lost engine power and hit the beach in Carlsbad shortly after 3 p.m. A supervising dispatcher with the Carlsbad Police Department, Matthew Pinell, said the pilot was taken to the hospital with unspecified injuries.


The plane’s engine cut out and then the pilot dropped the banner the plane was towing, before circling, apparently looking for a place to land, according to witnesses.

One person on the beach was also reportedly injured in the crash landing.

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Someone caught the chilling footage. NBC San Diego released the video.