Long Island Pilot Crash-Lands in Waters at Rhode Island Beach - NBC New York

Long Island Pilot Crash-Lands in Waters at Rhode Island Beach



    Pilot's Split-Second Decision May Have Saved Lives

    A Long Island pilot flying from Westhampton to Taunton, Massachusetts experienced some trouble. His plane lost power and the decided to crash land in the ocean off Westerly, Rhode Island. Rana Novini spoke to the pilot about why thought this was the safest move. (Published Monday, June 20, 2016)

    A Long Island pilot escaped serious injury Saturday when he crash-landed his single-engine plane in the waters just off the Rhode Island coast to avoid people on the beach.

    Alexander Piekarski, 62, of East Moriches, was flying alone from New York's Long Island to Taunton, Massachusetts, when his four-seat Beech Craft Bonanza began losing power, said Rhode Island state police. It happened shortly before 1 p.m.

    Piekarski tried heading to Westerly Airport but made an emergency landing in the waters off Inn Beach when he started losing altitude.

    He got out of the plane before it sank and was helped back to shore by two lifeguards, state police said. He was taken to a hospital and treated for injuries that weren't life-threatening.

    Federal aviation and transportation authorities are investigating.

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