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The beach at Sullivan's Island on Monday, June 26, 2017. File/Staff

Local and federal authorities have determined the reason an airplane landed on a Sullivan's Island beach Saturday morning: the pilot wanted to take photographs. 

The aircraft, identified as a Piper PA-12 single-engine airplane, landed around 8:20 a.m. in the area of Station 28, according to Jim Peters, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman. 

"Police say that the pilot took photos and then the aircraft took off from the beach," Peters said. "There were no injuries reported. The FAA will investigate."

Police were dispatched to the scene but the airplane took off before officers arrived, said Andy Benke, town administrator for Sullivan's Island. 

The FAA is investigating whether the landing was legal, Peters said.

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Gregory Yee covers breaking news and public safety. He's a native Angeleno and previously covered crime and courts for the Press-Telegram in Long Beach, CA. He studied journalism and Spanish literature at the University of California, Irvine.