The pilot and his passenger managed to escape after a light plane crashed into the ocean on Saturday off a popular city beach in Perth.
The incident occurred after the pilot reported an engine malfunction during a joyful flight and was forced to abandon the small plane.
The two men were able to get off the plane and swim approximately 20 meters to shore after a controlled maneuver.
Washington State Police say none of them were seriously injured.
Emergency teams responded to reports of a plane crashing into the water at around 15:30 (18:30 AEDT) with several police cars on the ground, as well as water police and a helicopter.
Authorities say the plane began to experience difficulties about 20-30 minutes after taking off from Jandakot airport.
“The pilot assumed there was an engine problem, he was flying north along the coast, and he just told me now that he was looking for a safe place to land,” said Washington Police Inspector Vic Hussey.
“So the safest place he could find was the ocean, so that’s where he landed, and that’s definitely a great job that he did today.
“Ideally, you should land the plane on the ground, but he did a tremendous job to get the plane to where it is and get out of the plane.
“It’s a good day for them to be on their feet and talk about it.”
It is understood that the incident was witnessed by several people, as the beach was busy at a temperature of 31 ° C in the city.
A handful of passers-by rushed to the surf to help.
“There were people who jumped into the water to help them … I think this is a really bold decision,” said Inspector Hussey.
“[They] put themselves at risk because you can see the plane moving in the surf, so there is little risk, to put it mildly, into the water in such circumstances. ”
A few hours after the crash, the debris began to wash ashore, and now the authorities are busy removing the plane from the water.
In the meantime, environmental groups will check to see if fuel or gas has leaked into the water.