Sunday, July 07, 2019

Piper PA-25 Pawnee, N6456Z: Incident occurred July 06, 2019 in South Kingstown, Washington County, Rhode Island

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boston, Massachusetts

Aircraft landed in a neighborhood.

Simmons Aviation Services

Date: 06-JUL-19
Time: 21:00:00Z
Regis#: N6456Z
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA25
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: BANNER TOW
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, Rhode Island (WPRI) — A small plane made an emergency landing in South Kingstown shortly after 5:00 p.m. Saturday.

Several eyewitnesses said the plane came down low before safely landing on Shannon Road, right in the middle of an East Matunuck neighborhood.

“I was yelling at the kids, keep your eye on that plane, it’s coming down, it’s coming down,” Peggy Doyle said.

The pilot got out on his own and was uninjured, according to State police.

The Piper PA-25 Pawnee, that tows advertising banners, has only minor damage.

State police said the pilot was attempting to fly back to Westerly State Airport when the fog came in quickly.

Unable to make it back and worried about running out of fuel, he circled several times before making the emergency landing in East Matunuck.

“The fog was so low when he came down, he was not that far off from our barn. And he came over the barn and headed this way and I really thought he was going right into our neighbors house,” Rosemary Gollogly said.

Shannon Road was blocked off to traffic for more than an hour before the plane was eventually moved and vehicles were allowed back through.

After police cleared the scene, the plane quickly became a photo opportunity.

What had been a scary situation ended with what many neighbors are calling a miracle.

“Came down under those wires and made a safe landing, was able to walk away and nobody was hurt, it’s really amazing,” said Gallogly.

“Thank god that guy knew what he was doing because everybody is safe,” said Doyle.

The Federal Aviation Administration says it is investigating the incident.

Police expect the plane to be moved out of the neighborhood sometime on Sunday.

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  1. Nice use of emergency authority.

    Probably collapsed the gear trying to save the Hydrangea.

  2. Gaaaahhhden...
    Those noisy news photographers shouldn't be stepping near your healthy and beautiful Hydrangeas. Shoo them away!

  3. Much better outcome than reading about a fatality due to VFR into IFR. Kuddos to that pilot.


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