Pilot Lands Single-Engine Plane On Texas Beach

A Piper Cherokee, such as this one shown in a file photo, safely landed on a beach in Galveston. (File)

GALVESTON (January 5, 2014) The pilot of a single-engine plane that was running out of fuel made a safe emergency landing Saturday afternoon on Stewart Beach in Galveston.

None of the four people aboard was hurt.

A couple, their 7-year-old son and the pilot were in the Piper Cherokee at the time.

Passenger Doyle Thibodeaux said the pilot, Brian Himel, tried to make it to nearby Scholes International Airport when he couldn't switch to the last of plane’s four fuel tanks.

Himel planned to fly the single-engine plane off the beach as soon as he could refuel.

Thibodeaux, his wife and their son, meanwhile, said they would continue their trip from Patterson, La., to the Houston area by car.