Exeter, R. I. – April 29, 1946

Exeter, Rhode Island – April 29, 1946


F6F Hellcat
U.S. Navy Photo

     On April 29, 1946, an F6F-5 Hellcat, (Bu. No. 79462), took off rom Quonset Point Naval Air Station for a familiarization training flight.  While flying at an altitude of 3,000 feet over central Rhode Island, the engine began to make a clattering noise and the cockpit began to fill with a light smoke.  The pilot radioed the Quonset Tower and was given clearance for an emergency landing.  As the pilot steered towards Quonset, the oil pressure continued to drop and then the engine seized.  The pilot made an emergency crash-landing in an open field in the town of Exeter.  Although the aircraft was damaged beyond repair, the pilot was not hurt.

     The aircraft was assigned to VF-18.   


     U.S. Navy accident report dated April 29, 1946

Exeter, R.I. – August 22, 1980

Exeter, Rhode Island – August 22, 1980

     On the evening of August 22, 1980, two men left Quonset State Airport in a single-engine Piper PA-18, (N9863D), bound for Griswold, Connecticut.  Shortly after taking off the engine began running erratically, and the pilot attempted to make an emergency landing in a field in the town of Exeter, about a half mile off Glen Rock Road.   The field was overgrown with brush, and the plane crashed, killing the pilot and seriously injuring the passenger.  The passenger spent the night huddled under one of the wings.  The following day searchers spotted the wreckage from the air, and rescuers transported the injured man to Kent County Hospital for treatment. 


     Westerly Sun, (R.I.), “Fatal Crash”, August 24, 1980, page 1. (With photo of crash scene.)   

     Aviation Safety Network

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