Story by Jennifer O’Connor
Shortly after taking off from the runway at the Warwick Airport on Sat., Aug. 31, a small single-engine airplane began to experience engine problems. The pilot, whose name has not yet been released, decided to turn the airplane around and head back in the direction of the runway.
Unable to reach that destination, the pilot made an emergency landing around 10:15 a.m. on Wickham Lake which is near the airport and its runway. The two men on the airplane were not injured and were able to swim safely to the shoreline.
“They felt the safer option was to land in the water,” said Town of Warwick Police Lt. John Rader. “It appears the pilot did a good job landing the plane after it experienced the engine trouble. It was fortunate that they were not injured and that no one was on the lake at that time.”
The Warwick Airport was closed for a few hours while the airplane was pulled out of the lake. On scene besides the Warwick Police were the Warwick Fire Department and Warwick EMS.
The incident is currently under investigation by the Warwick Police Department, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the National Transportation Safety Board.