Cranston, R.I. – May 29, 1981

Cranston, Rhode Island, – May 29, 1981

     At about 8:30 p.m. on the night of May 29, 1981, a Cessna 127 with a lone 19-year-old pilot was heading to North Central State Airport in Smithfield, R.I., when thick fog forced him to make a precautionary landing in an open field area in the Hillside Farms section of Cranston.  The pilot landed safely, but just after touchdown the aircraft struck a three-foot high pile of dirt, and the fuselage was spun around about 90 degrees.  The aircraft was heavily damaged, and the pilot was transported to a hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

     Hillside Farms is currently a residential area located off Phenix Avenue in the western portion of Cranston that was starting to be developed in the early 1980s. 


     Providence Journal Bulletin, “Pilot Suffers Cuts In Forced Landing”, May 30, 1981, Page A-7, with photo.

     Westerly Sun, (RI), “Minor Injuries In Plane Crash”, May 31, 1981, page 7.


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