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.


Cranston, RI – June 25, 1910

Cranston, RI – June 25, 1910

      On June 25, 1910, aviator Joe Seymour was giving a demonstration of his Curtis bi-plane at Narragansett Trotting Park in Cranston, Rhode Island, when he crashed upon takeoff.  A newspaper article which appeared in the Providence Journal reported, “Joseph Seymour, the aviator, was severely hurt, and his Curtis aeroplane badly wrecked at Narragansett Park late yesterday afternoon, when the machine going 30 miles an hour, crashed into a post hidden in the grass, while Seymour was attempting to alight.”  Seymour was thrown from his airplane and received cuts and bruises.     

     Narragansett Park, a.k.a. Narragansett Trotting Park, was a race track that once existed between present-day Park Avenue, that Gansett Avenue, and Spectacle Pond, in Cranston, Rhode Island. 

    After wrecking, Seymour contacted the Herring Aeroplane Factory in Massachusetts, and ordered two replacement propellers.  Oddly enough, they just happened to have two in stock that would fit his aircraft.  This was good news, for otherwise they would have had to be custom made – out of wood – which would take considerable time. 

   From Rhode Island, Mr. Seymour went to Garden City, Long Island, where he took part in another air exhibition in July.  Unfortunately, bad luck followed him there and he crashed again while making an in-flight turn.  The following September, Seymour’s plane was nearly hit in mid-air by another aircraft while flying at yet another exhibition.


Providence Journal, “Aviator Soars In Air In Night Flight Here”, June 24, 1910, Pg. 1

Providence Journal, “Seymour, In Biplane Crashes Into Post.”, June 25, 1910, Pg. 1

Providence Journal, “Rushes Aeroplane Repairs”, June 26, 1910, Pg. 2

New York Times, “Aeroplane Hits Post”, June 25, 1910

New York Times, “Seymour Machine Wrecked”, July 28, 1910


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