Pilot speaks out over harrowing ordeal in Narragansett plane crash

Jeremiah Coholan

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WPRI) — A beautiful Fourth of July was interrupted for a pilot after his small plane went down off the coast of Narragansett.

Eyewitness News spoke with the aviator about the ordeal, when he was flying over the Bonnet Shores Beach Club Monday.

“At 500 feet the engine just stopped,” said Jeremiah Coholan, of Dartmouth.

The 36-year-old flies planes for a living and feels lucky to have walked away unscathed from the plane crash.

Especially considering that he had an emergency landing already earlier in the year.

“I glided for like a mile and a half, and then it came down to like the last ten seconds when I realized I have no other out, but to put it in this person’s yard right now, and I did it,” he said.

Many people would call two crashes in six months unlucky, after crashing in January in Western New York and in Narragansett in July.

But Coholan has a different outlook.

“I do feel very lucky, everybody’s like ‘What’s up Mr. Nine lives?'”

Coholan said despite the crashes, he will not change what he does one bit.

“It’s what I like to do it’s what I love to do,” said Coholan. “It’s gonna take a lot more than that to take me out of this game.”

The plane that crashed on the Fourth of July will never fly again.

Investigators are working to determine what exactly caused the plane to crash.

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