Two people escaped injury when a small plane crashed on a South Jersey beach.

The crash occurred around 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the Ocean County community of Bay Head.

Authorities say the Cessna-style plane apparently developed engine trouble and the pilot glided down to land on the beach. But as the plane touched down, it struck debris under the sand and flipped over.

The pilot and a passenger, whose names were not released, got out of the plane by themselves and did not appear to be injured. No one on the ground was hurt.

The crash remains under investigation by local authorities and the Federal Aviation Administration. - AP