FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Windsor Locks FSDO-63
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: NEW SALEM
AIRCRAFT, EXPERIMENTAL CUB CRAFTERS CCK1865, FORCE LANDED ON A SAND BAR AT A RESERVOIR, NEAR NEW SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Massachusetts State Police have identified Guillaume de Ramel, 42, of Newport as the pilot who made the emergency landing on the Western Massachusetts reservoir. No one was hurt in the emergency landing.
Mechanical problems were to blame for the forced landing, police say.
State police tell NBC 10 News that the plane was removed from the sandbar on Wednesday afternoon.
De Ramel, a philanthropist and business entrepreneur, lost Democratic primaries for Rhode Island Secretary of State in 2006 and 2014. He also launched the de Ramel Foundation, which funded a number of initiatives in Rhode Island.
A plane enthusiast, de Ramel has been a licensed private plane pilot since the age of 17. De Ramel was the driving force behind the construction of 10 light plane hangars that now stand at the Newport State Airport.
The plane, which Guillaume landed safely, is a CubCrafters CCK-1865 with tail number N89XL, according to state police. Guillaume could not be reached for comment.
Police also tell NBC 10 News that a private helicopter landed in the Ashland Reservoir on Wednesday. There was only one occupant and no one was injured.
NEW SALEM, Mass. (WWLP) – A plane that has been stuck on a sandbar on the Quabbin Reservoir in New Salem will be carried away by a helicopter Wednesday, about 24 hours after it made an emergency landing there.
The pilot, a 42 year-old man from Newport, Rhode Island, had reported engine trouble before landing the plane on the sandbar in Tuesday afternoon. He was unhurt in the incident, and the CubCrafters CCK-1865 plane is intact.
Representatives from the FAA, NTSB, and Massachusetts State Police interviewed the pilot on both Tuesday and Wednesday. At this point, he is not being fined or cited.
The pilot himself has hired a crew to bring in a helicopter that is going to carry the plane to the nearby Orange Airport.
The Quabbin Reservoir provides the public water supply to Boston and surrounding cities and towns, as well as three western Massachusetts communities: Chicopee, Wilbraham, and South Hadley (Fire District 1). Much of the land surrounding the reservoir is not open to the public.
22News reporter Ryan Walsh got on board a boat and traveled out on the Quabbin Reservoir to find the boat. See the aircraft being lifted away tonight on 22News starting at 5:00.
NEW SALEM, Mass. — An experimental plane is stuck in the mud on a sandbar in the Quabbin Reservoir after the pilot attempted a touch-and-go landing Tuesday afternoon.
William Pula from the state Department of Conservation and Recreation said the small plane from Rhode Island is intact and a protective boom will be set up around the landing site, though there is no evidence of a spill.
The pilot, a 42-year-old man from Newport, R.I., was not injured, said Massachusetts State Police.
The landing surprised Kim and John Kenney of West Brookfield, who were out enjoying the water on a boat rented from boat launch area 2.
“We heard the plane and there was no sound of a crash,” Ms. Kenney said. “Then a fisherman came around the corner and yelled, ‘Call 911.’ ”
Not long after state police helicopters hovered overhead and state police boats raced to the down plane. They found the pilot, who appeared uninjured, Mr. Pula said.
Mr. Kenney said the plane was obviously bogged down in the soft sand and he could hear the pilot revving the engine in an effort to take off again.
The Kenneys said the plane was about the size of a Cessna.
DCR officials were making plans to test water in the area where the plane was mired in sand north of Mount Russ and Mount L.
The low water level is creating challenges for those working on a plan to retrieve the plane.
The pilot was taken to the state police barracks in Belchertown. State watershed regulations prohibit the landing of any aircraft on the reservoir, watershed property and lands managed by DCR, an official from the agency said.
At 2:52 p.m., troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Belchertown and the Air Wing, along with FAA and Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) personnel, responded to calls of a plane landing inside the Quabbin Reservoir. The pilot contacted State Police communicating that he had landed his plane on a sandbar due to mechanical issues and was not injured.
Troopers responding confirmed that the pilot, a 42-year old Newport, Rhode Island man, was uninjured and that the plane was intact. The plane,a Seawind with tail number N89XL, is a 2015 fixed-wing, single-engine aircraft. The location the plane departed from and its destination are unknown at this time. There are no reports of any environmental concerns to the Quabbin Reservoir. The investigation is ongoing and plans for removal of the plane from the sandbar are still underway.
NEW SALEM, Mass. (WWLP) – Massachusetts State Police say a Newport man was piloting the small plane that made an emergency landing Tuesday afternoon on a sandbar in the Quabbin Reservoir.
According to State Police Media Relations, the pilot was not injured in the incident.
The pilot did report engine problems prior to landing in the northern part of the reservoir.
The State Police Air Wing spotted the plane, which landed upright and on its wheels.
A State Police boat was launched from the barracks in Belchertown, and troopers were on the way to the site of the landing.
The Federal Aviation Administration was notified about the incident and authorities are still trying to determine how they will move the plane from the reservoir
State police said there was no damage to the water supply.
According to Google Maps, the spot where the plane landed is normally underwater. However, water levels are lower due to ongoing drought conditions.
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A small private plane experienced engine problems and had to make an emergency landing on a sandbar in the Quabbin Reservoir Tuesday afternoon, State Police said.
The sandbar is in the northern portion of the reservoir that is part of New Salem.
The man operating the plane told State Police that he was having engine problems and had to make an emergency landing at about 2:52 p.m. just northwest of Mount L, according to Dave Procopio, a spokesman for State Police.
Procopio said the man was the only occupant of the plane and did not suffer any injuries. Troopers were working on getting him to shore at about 4 p.m. Tuesday.
The plane landed upright on its wheels and did not crash, Procopio said. The only damage to the plane is associated with the engine problems.
Procopio said the Federal Aviation Administration has been notified and they will have to decide whether the plane can be repaired to fly away or will have to be removed by a different method.
State Police troopers were still on scene Tuesday afternoon.
NEW SALEM, Mass. —A plane makes an emergency landing Tuesday afternoon on a sandbar in the Quabbin Reservoir, state police said.
State police said the plane did not crash and is still intact.
The pilot, who was not injured, reported engine problems prior to landing on the sandbar.
A Massachusetts State Police boat and troopers were reported to be heading to the plane to assist the pilot.
No other information was released.
Checking Google Maps images, it appears that the area where the plane landed has been underwater in the past. MWRA could not immediately say if that area was previously underwater, but they estimate the reservoir is at 86 percent of capacity and add that his is a very sandy area.