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Pilot rescued from small plane after it crashed into ocean near Huntington Beach pier

Small plane crashes into ocean in Huntington Beach, pilot rescued
Small plane crashes into ocean in Huntington Beach, pilot rescued 03:49

The pilot of a small plane was rescued out of the water after crashing into the ocean near the Huntington Beach pier Friday. 

The crash occurred around 1:30 p.m. in Huntington Beach near 14th Street. 

Video posted to social media showed the plane tugging a banner behind it as it plummeted into the water. 

"He drifted down. It wasn't like he nosedived in, he just floated in," one witness described the scene.

Fortunately for the pilot, a junior lifeguard competition was going on inside the water. According to CBSLA Reporter Michele Gile, more than 700 junior lifeguards were taking a break from the water when the pilot crashed into the water. 

Abby Crimmins watched as the plane crashed into the water. The Missouri native is in Southern California with her girlfriends for her bridal shower.

"Bachelorette trip. I have everything set up, so beautiful. All of a sudden a plane falls out of the sky and into the ocean," Crimmins said. 

Lifeguards were seen jumping into the ocean to help rescue the male pilot, the only occupant of the plane. 

According to CBSLA reporter Michele Gile who was on the scene, the pilot was in a neck brace after the rescue. 

Multiple agencies assisted in the rescue and clean-up. The Huntington Beach Fire Department posted to Facebook: "We will be on the scene with our partners at CA State Parks for the next several hours."

The cause of the crash is still under investigation. 

FAA records showed that the plane was registered out of Florida to an aerial media company, according to Gile.

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