Westerly Airport – June 19, 1965

Westerly Airport – June 19, 1965

Westerly, Rhode Island

     On June 19, 1965, a small plane with two men aboard crashed while attempting an emergency landing at Westerly Airport.  Both men were killed.

     The dead were identified as (pilot) Robert White, 25, of Stratford, Ct., and Herman Stephens of Moosup, Ct.. 

     Witnesses said the planes engine could be heard “sputtering” on approach.  In May of 1966, the Civil Aeronautics Board released the finding of its investigation.  “An inspection revealed low compression of the No. 3 cylinder with appreciable leakage of the No. 3 intake valve…From the overall evidence it was concluded that a power failure did occur.”    

Source: Woonsocket Call, “Power Failure Blamed For RI Plane Crash”, May 9, 1966, Pg. 1  

Westerly, R. I. – September 2, 1929

Westerly, R.I. – September 2, 1929

     On September 2, 1929, two women were burned to death when the bi-plane they were passengers in crashed on Misquamicut Beach shortly after take off from Misquamicut Filed.  (Today known as Westerly State Airport.)

     The pilot, identified as Lieutenant Arthur Manning, told investigators that the plane developed engine trouble just after take off. 

     The dead were identified as Mrs. Fred Hunter of 3 Avery Street, Westfield, Massachusetts, and Miss Marie Day, of 20 Cotton Avenue, West Springfield, Massachusetts. No autopsies were performed. 

     There was no mention as to a specific aircraft- military or civilian – in the news article.   

Source: Woonsocket Call, “Fatal Airplane Crash Probed”, September 4, 1929, Pg. 3.      

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