Newport Airport – April 7, 1979

Newport Airport – April 7, 1979 

     At about 4:00 p.m. on April 7, 1979, a Cessna 172 with three occupants attempted to take off from Newport State Airport in Middletown, Rhode Island, while strong winds were gusting up to 45 mph.  Just as the airplane became airborne, a wind gust flipped it over and it crashed in a marshy area about 700 feet from the end of the runway.  There were no reported injuries.  The plane had arrived earlier in the day from Farmingdale, Long Island, New York.  


     Providence Sunday Journal, “3 Escape Injury When Plane Flips In Heavy Winds”.  April 8, 1979, page B-13  

Middletown, R.I. – October 13, 1974

Middletown, Rhode Island – October 13, 1974

     On the afternoon of October 13, 1974, a small aircraft with two persons aboard left T. F. Green Airport in Warwick bound for Middletown.  During their flight a pilot in another aircraft reported that they had what appeared to be a problem with the landing gear of their airplane.  Authorities were notified, and preparations were made for an emergency landing at Newport Airport, located in Middletown.  As the plane approached the runway fire engines and rescue vehicles were standing by.   The landing gear collapsed as soon as the plane touched down, and the aircraft nosed over and skidded to a stop.  There was no fire.  Fortunately none of the occupants were injured.

     Source: (Providence) Evening Bulletin, “Two Escape Injury In Plane Mishap”, October 15, 1974, page B-1

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