Westerly, R. I. – October 16, 1945

Westerly, Rhode Island – October 16, 1945

 

Corsair Aircraft
U. S. Navy Photo

     On October 16, 1945, a pilot was making practice carrier landings at the Westerly Auxiliary Naval Air Station in an FG-1D Corsair, (Bu. No. 88397).  After five successful landings and take offs, the aircraft ground-looped and flipped on its back.  The pilot was not injured, but the aircraft required a major overhaul.    

Source: U. S. Navy accident report dated October 16, 1945. 

Westerly, R. I. – December 4, 1991

Westerly, R. I. – December 4, 1991

     Shortly before 11:30 a.m. on December 4, 1991, a Cessna 182 with two men aboard took off from Westerly Airport bound for Block Island.  Just after take off, while at an altitude of about 500 feet, the engine suddenly lost all power, and the aircraft went down in a cow pasture off Airport Road across the street from the airport entrance.  While making the emergency landing, the aircraft struck a rock causing it to flip onto its back, but it didn’t catch fire.  Both men extricated themselves without injury.  The aircraft was a total loss. 

     Source: Providence Journal, “Plane Loses Power And Crashes In Pasture; Two Aboard”, December 5, 1991, page C-1    

 

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