Willord Burke, 25, from Springfield Massachusetts has been identified as the pilot, according to Rhode Island State Police.
By Brooke Taylor
Willord Burke, 25, from Springfield Massachusetts has been identified as the pilot that made an emergency landing in South Kingstown, according to Rhode Island State Police.
Dense fog caused a pilot to make an emergency landing on Shannon Rd. in South Kingstown around 5 p.m., according to the South Kingstown Police Department.
The Piper PA-25, which flies advertisment banners, was supposed to land at Westerly State Airport. After circling the area for several minutes, the pilot landed on Peggy Doyle’s front yard on Shannon Rd.
“I was hollering at the kids, keep your eyes on that plane and stay clear,” Peggy Doyle said. “We are very lucky because the plane landed. The pilot did a great job.”
The pilot had no injuries and refused medical treatment.
Along with the South Kingstown Police Department, members of the Union Fire Direct and South Kingstown Emergency Medical Services also assisted. The FAA has assumed the lead in the investigation.
South Kingstown (R.I): A small plane landed in the front yard of a home on Succotash Rd in South Kingstown, on Saturday evening.
South Kingstown Police are unable to comment on the cause or if there were any injuries.