Plane carrying Connecticut family crashes, sparks small fire on Block Island

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Credit: Block Island Times

NEW SHOREHAM, R.I. — Police in Rhode Island say no one was seriously hurt when a small plane crashed on Block Island.

New Shoreham police Chief Vincent Carlone says it happened around 3 p.m. Sunday when the plane was attempting to land.

Carlone says the plane apparently overshot the runway, went through a fence across the street and into the bushes. The crash caused a small brush fire, which was quickly extinguished.

He says six people walked away from the crash with minor injuries.

Rhode Island state police identified the pilot of the small single-engine plane on Monday as 53-year-old Louis Telesford, of Prospect, Connecticut.

They say he was flying with five family members from Connecticut to New Shoreham.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.