A pilot who crash-landed on a beach killing a man and an eight-year-old girl was branded a “killer” at the scene. The light aircraft came down on Portugal’s Costa de Caparica coastline near Jose Mourinho’s home city of Setubal on Wednesday afternoon. It appeared to have a broken wing and hit a 56-year-old man first before travelling another 50 metres and hitting the child.
It is believed they are not related. Witnesses told how the pilot, said to be a local instructor, was surrounded by an angry crowd following the tragedy. One, named only as Mafalda, told a Portuguese paper how she was forced to grab her children and flee as the plane came down over the packed beach.
She said: “Those first moments were very tense.
“People wanted to attack the pilot and began to shout and call him a ‘killer’.
“Everyone was really disgusted.” Only the rapid police response is believed to have prevented the situation becoming violent. It is claimed that a psychologist was sent to the scene to help shocked witnesses, with 32 members of the emergency services attending the scene in 14 vehicles.
A 45-year-old woman was also treated for minor arm injuries. Pictures shows onlookers in swimming costumes gathering around the plane, with emergency service vehicles parked on the sand. Witnesses said some terrified tourists ran into the sea in a bid to avoid being hit by the aircraft. One witness, author Joao Quadros, who was on the beach with his son, said he had a bad feeling moments before the plane landed.