Saturday, November 09, 2019

Rockwell 112A Commander, N1337J: Accident occurred November 09, 2019 in Exeter, Washington County, Rhode Island

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boston

Aircraft experienced an engine failure and landed on Interstate 95.

American Dream Aviation LLC

Date: 09-NOV-19
Time: 22:05:00Z
Regis#: N1337J
Aircraft Model: AC11
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Operation: 91

A miracle on I-95 in Exeter, that’s how police are describing an emergency plane landing on Saturday, that captured the attention of people from across New England.

State Police Lt. Ken Jones was one of the troopers who responded to that landing, “My first reaction was, is anybody injured.”

Incredibly, the answer was no. The pilot was heading from T.F. Green Airport back to New York with his sister, when he noticed engine trouble.

Police say he initially tried to make it to Richmond Airport, but was losing altitude too quickly.

That’s when he made the split-second decision to land on the highway, a decision that likely saved many lives.

“No one was injured there was no accident and the pilot as well as the passenger were not harmed,” Lt. Jones said.

The story quickly went viral on the Internet, as pictures and videos of the landing flooded social media.

State Police shut down the highway, as the plane was towed to a weigh station on I-95 North in Richmond, about a mile away from where the pilot landed.

William Potopowitz III is a student pilot, who has nothing but praise for the man who landed that plane: “It’s something they teach all of us every time we fly. We’re supposed to think about where we’re going to land, no matter what happens.”

As for the mystery pilot, State Police say he’s a New Yorker with over 8-years of experience.

They’re not releasing his name, but fellow pilots Potopowitz say, his miraculous landing will likely be applauded in the aviation world for years to come. “Every pilot should be that good.”

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EXETER, Rhode Island (WPRI) — A small plane made an emergency landing on a busy interstate Saturday night, but no one on board or on the ground was hurt, according to police.

Rhode Island State Police confirm they responded to a small plane in the breakdown lane of I-95 North at Route 165 in Exeter.

State Police Lt. Col. Kevin Barry says the plane took off from T.F. Green Airport Saturday evening and experienced a power failure on its way to New York.

The pilot managed to safely land the plane in the breakdown lane of I-95 North.

The two people on board the plane were not injured. No one was hurt on the ground.

As of 6:50 p.m. traffic remained backed up in the area. The nose of the plane is partially in the right hand lane and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation has the shoulder closed.

According to an FAA database, the plane is registered to American Dream Aviation LLC in Queens.

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1 comment:

  1. Great job getting it down safely especially at night!