RI pilot makes emergency landing in Quabbin Reservoir

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NEW SALEM, Mass. (WWLP) – Massachusetts State Police say a Newport man was piloting the small plane that made an emergency landing Tuesday afternoon on a sandbar in the Quabbin Reservoir.

According to State Police Media Relations, the pilot was not injured in the incident. The pilot did report engine problems prior to landing in the northern part of the reservoir.

The State Police Air Wing spotted the plane, which landed upright and on its wheels. A State Police boat was launched from the barracks in Belchertown, and troopers were on the way to the site of the landing.

The Federal Aviation Administration was notified about the incident and authorities are still trying to determine how they will move the plane from the reservoir

State police said there was no damage to the water supply. According to Google Maps, the spot where the plane landed is normally underwater. However, water levels are lower due to ongoing drought conditions.

This post originally appeared on WWLP.com.

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