Small plane crashes off Alki Beach

SEATTLE — A small plane crashed off Alki Beach on Tuesday afternoon, the Coast Guard confirmed.

The crash occurred at around 4:30 p.m. about 50 feet off Alki Point.

The small, two-seat plane is a Cessna 150.

The Coast Guard said the plane sunk in the water after the pilot made a relatively smooth landing and then flipped forward. Officials have not said what caused the plane to go down.

The pilot, a 66-year-old man, was the only person on board and was able to swim to shore.

Medics who arrived at the scene evaluated the man. He reportedly was not injured but was taken to the hospital in a private vehicle to be checked out.

KIRO 7 received video from Mihai Melonari. He captured the plane making its approach before it hit the water.

A 150-yard safety zone has been established around the plane. The owner of the plane has hired a contractor to remove the fuel and salvage the plane, according to the Coast Guard.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating what caused the plane to go down.