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TBM Avenger ditches in the sea at Cocoa Beach Airshow – This is Flight

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COCOA BEACH | A TBM Avenger has made a forced landing in the sea while taking part in the Cocoa Beach Airshow today (Saturday 17th April).

AIRSHOW INCIDENT: TBM Avenger performing this afternoon at Cocoa Beach Airshow has mechanical issue, pilot soft lands in ocean near shore. He’s ok, no injuries. No one hurt. Video = CM. @MyNews13 #News13Brevard @BCFRpio @45thSpaceWing pic.twitter.com/jaxqdxuigE

— Greg Pallone (@gpallone13) April 17, 2021

A video posted by Spectrum News 13 reporter Greg Pallone on Twitter shows the aircraft making a controlled water landing in front of spectators. Mr Pallone said nobody was injured in the incident.

The aircraft belongs to the Valiant Air Command, a Titusville-based aviation museum which also operates a number of airworthy warbirds such as a B-25 Mitchell, C-47 Dakota and F-86 Sabre. The Avenger, which the museum have owned since 2002, recently completed an 18-year restoration to flight, returning to the air in January 2020.

The aircraft was taking part in the Cocoa Beach Airshow, one of the first events of the North American 2021 airshow season. Taking place over the 17th-18th September, it was expected to attract up to 50,000 visitors per day. As well as the TBM, performers include the USAF F-22A Raptor and the Thunderbirds (the latter will be debuting their new 2021 display profile at the show).

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