Man and child killed after plane lands on Portuguese beach

The light aircraft is reported to have made an emergency landing

Man and child killed after plane lands on Portuguese beach

A policemen looks at coastguard officers check a small plane after an emergency landing on Sao Joao beach in Costa da Caparica, outside Lisbon. Picture by: Armando Franca/AP/Press Association Images

Updated 21.05

A light plane has killed two sunbathers after making an emergency landing on a beach near Lisbon.

Portuguese officials say the victims were a 56-year-old man and an eight-year-old girl - and no one else is believed to have been injured.

The two occupants of the plane escaped unhurt and were led away by police.

The plane made an emergency landing at Caparica, about 32km south of Lisbon, after getting into difficulties.

At the height of summer and in sunny weather the beach had been packed with sunbathers.

In comments quoted by Sky News, local journalist Ricardo Conceicao said that local people were very angry with the pilot of the plane for attempting an emergency landing on the beach.

"We don't know what happened, it is not clear yet," he said. "We are used to seeing small planes cruising along the shore, along the beach near Lisbon."

Firefighters and emergency services arrived at the beach shortly after the incident and cordoned off the area, Mr Conceicao said.

He stressed that the incident had been caused by an emergency landing and was not terrorism related.

Eyewitnesses said the plane wobbled and skimmed the beach before landing, scattering panic among those on the sand.

According to reports, some sunbathers ran into the sea.