Police: Pilot misjudged landing prior to Block Island crash

Block Island firefighters emerge from the brush at the scene of a small plane crash Sunday afternoon. (Photo: New Shoreham Police Department)

NEW SHOREHAM, R.I. (WPRI) — The FAA and State Aeronautics Inspector will be conducting an inspection of the airplane that crashed on Block Island over the weekend.

Rhode Island State Police said the single-engine Cherokee Six aircraft was headed from New Haven, Connecticut to Block Island Airport when at 3 p.m. Sunday the plane overshot the runway and crashed into the woods on Center Road.

Police said the initial investigation indicates the pilot – identified as Louis Telesford, 53, of Prospect, Conn. – misjudged the landing and while trying to take off again, struck the fence at the end of the runway, crossed over Center Rd., and crashed into the woods.

Five other family members were on board the plane with Telesford. All of them were treated and released with minor injuries, police said.


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