Plane crash on Block Island

No serious injuries
Sun, 06/19/2016 - 3:15pm

A plane carrying up to six members of a family crashed a little after 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 19, but injuries at this point appear to be minimal and non-life-threatening according to people on the scene.

A member of the medical team called the occupants of the plane "very lucky" as they were being treated near the site of the crash.

Numerous fire, rescue and police appeared moments after the crash. Rescue vehicles lined Center Road. At 3:15 p.m., firefighters were trying to extinguish the burning plane.

According to one person on scene, the plane was attempting to land when another plane was in or near the flight path. The plane then changed course and apparently the wings clipped the fence that borders the Block Island Airport. It crashed into the brush on the other side of Center Road. The fence at the end of the airport's runway was damaged.

By 4 p.m., the occupants of the plane were surveying the wreckage and thanking the emergency personnel staff that had shown up on scene to respond to the accident. Some of the occupants that had lost their shoes in the crash were given shoes being worn by the health care staff of the Block Island Medical Center. A little after 4 p.m., the occupants of the plane were walking to the airport on their own and were then headed to a ferry that would take them home. No one was tranpsorted to the Medical Center. A little after 4 p.m., the scene of the accident was largely cleared.

Rhode Island State Police identified the pilot as Dr. Louis Andre Telesford of Prospect, Conn.