U.S. pilot lands on beach after aborted trip to valley

A twin-engine private aircraft made a forced landing on a beach at Playa del Cocal, Puntarenas, after a failed effort to fly from Liberia to the Central Valley.

The craft suffered mechanical problems and also was low on fuel, officials said. The pilot, a U.S. citizen, was unable to land at Central Valley airports because of weather and returned to the west where after two failed attempts to land at an airport in Chacarita, the pilot opted for the beach.

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