The pilot was arrested after making an emergency landing on Half Moon Bay Beach

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HALF MOON BAY — Authorities have identified a 50-year-old Florida man suspected of stealing a small plane from the Palo Alto Airport on Thursday, leaving it on the beach near Half Moon Bay and then driving away.

The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office said Luiz Gustavo Ayres, of Miami, landed the plane south of Poplar Beach around 5 p.m.

When deputies arrived, the plane was intact and devoid of passengers.

A short time later, a man matching Iris’s description was taken into custody at Half Moon Bay. The Sheriff’s Office is working with Palo Alto Police to steal the plane and recover it.

Ayres was booked into the main jail in Redwood City on suspicion of plane theft.

As of nine o’clock in the evening, the plane was still on the beach.

The accident comes just weeks after a fatal plane crash in Half Moon Bay last month. People reported a plane flying erratically over the waters east of Moss Beach Distillery That crashed into the ocean On January 15th.

San Mateo County Coroner’s Office One of the four people on board was identified as 27-year-old Emma Pearl Wilmer Shiels of San Francisco a few days later.

Until now, Three bodies were recovered Near the accident site.

Dave Behling of CBS News Bay Area contributed to this report

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