Plane crash in ocean near Half Moon Bay. Pilot and passenger rescued

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Two people escaped unhurt Tuesday evening when their single-engine aircraft crashed into the ocean near Half Moon Bay. The NTSB and FAA are investigating what happened.

The 1979 Beechcraft A36 Bonanza after lost power and crashed into the water. The pilot and a passenger were able to escape unharmed. The pilot, David Lesh, shot video as they wait for help to arrive.

Another plane was in the area at the time. The pilot circled the crash site, located about 8 nautical miles west of Pillar Point Harbor, and reported seeing a man and a woman bobbing in the ocean.

A Coast Guard helicopter arrived less than 15 minutes later and plucked the pair from the water.

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