KIAWAH ISLAND — A plane landed on a beach near the Ocean Course this morning because the pilot thought it would be cool to take some pictures, authorities said.
The single-engine, fixed-wing Seaglide aircraft landed about a quarter-mile from the Ocean Course at 11:13 a.m., Charleston County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Jim Brady said.
The pilot, Kenneth Leonard of Hillsborough, Fla., told deputies he was on his way from Tampa to New Jersey when he stopped to take some pictures. Leonard said the plane became stuck in the sand.
He was cleared to take off about noon and continue to his original destination, Brady said.
While the landing was unusual, Brady said no charges are planned because the landing did not appear to violate any FAA regulations.
It’s been a busy week for Kiawah Island. Tiger Woods was there this Tuesday getting some practice shots in; a waterspout was seen there Wednesday night and now an unusual plane landing. The PGA Championship starts Monday.
Check back as more details become available.