COCOA BEACH, Fla. — There's nothing more relaxing than the warmth of the sun and the sound of the waves on your favorite beach.
And, as we all know, there's no bigger buzzkill than when a WWII torpedo bomber decides to make an emergency landing right where you're swimming.
A recent video from Florida shows the surreal moment when a single-engine TBM Avenger was forced to make a landing in the shallow waters off Cocoa Beach. The plane had been part of the popular Cocoa Beach Air Show.
"The TBM Avenger performing in the warbird parade had a mechanical issue and the pilot was able to bring the plane down close to the shore," explained officials from the air show. "Rescue personnel were immediately on scene and the pilot is OK."
The plane was later hauled out of the water and is now back home at a museum where it'll undergo extensive repairs.
While it's unfortunate that the incident occurred, let's all take a moment to salute the pilot. Facing mechanical issues, he managed to land the plane in a way that saved lives and preserved a cherished piece of history.