Smithfield, R. I. – July 4, 1950

Smithfield, Rhode Island – July 4, 1950 

     On the afternoon of July 4, 1950, a 21-year-old Central Falls man took off from the Smithfield Airport in what was described as a “light army surplus plane”.  It was raining at the time.  Not long after becoming airborne, the engine stalled, and it was presumed because of an obstruction in the fuel line.  The plane went down in a thickly wooded area about a mile from the intersection or Washington Highway and Douglas Pike.   The aircraft was wrecked, and began to burn, but fortunately the pilot was only slightly injured.  He made his way through the woods to Douglas Pike where he flagged down an motorist who drove him to Pawtucket Memorial Hospital.  


     The Pawtucket Times, “Airplane Crashes In Wooded Area”, July 5, 1950, pg. 28. 

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