Small plane lands on I-95 in Exeter

South County

EXETER, R.I. (WPRI) — A small plane made an emergency landing on a busy interstate Saturday night, but no one on board or on the ground was hurt, according to police.

Rhode Island State Police confirm they responded to a small plane in the breakdown lane of I-95 North at Route 165 in Exeter.

State police say the plane took off from T.F. Green Airport Saturday evening and experienced a power failure on its way to New York.

“The pilot indicated that he experienced engine failure and he made a mayday call to air traffic control at T.F. Green Airport, at which time he stated he would not be able to continue and he had to make an emergency landing. The air traffic controller at T.F. Green contracted 911, which reached the Hope Valley barracks, and at that time we dispatched troopers to that location,” Lt. Kenneth Jones said.

State police say the pilot heading southbound saw traffic was lighter on the north bound side of the highway. He was able to maneuver the plane and land in the breakdown lane of I-95 North.

The two people on board the plane were not injured.

Eyewitness News spoke with the pilot and his sister who said they were “happy everything went okay.” The pilot adding, “I did the best I could.”

As of 6:50 p.m. traffic remained backed up in the area. The nose of the plane is partially in the right hand lane and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation has the shoulder closed.

“We also have to ensure that we secure the aircraft because the NTSB has to inspect the aircraft and we have to treat it as though it’s a crime scene,” Jones said.

The plane has since been removed from the highway.

According to an FAA database, the plane is registered to American Dream Aviation, LLC in Queens.

The pilot told Eyewitness News he’s been flying for about eight years.

We’ll continue to update this story both online and on the air.

An earlier version of this report said the landing took place in West Greenwich.

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