Plane issues distress call, lands safely in Groton

Groton – A pilot who issued a distress call due to stuck flaps on his airplane made a successful landing at the Groton New London Airport late Thursday afternoon.

The emergency call was issued shortly after 5 p.m. and led to a response from the Poquonnock Bridge Fire Department, who were joined by personnel and equipment from the airport fire department, Center Groton Fire Department, the Pfizer Fire Department, Groton Ambulance and state police.

Poquonnock Bridge Chief Joe Winski said it was a standard response to the airport when there is the possibility of a plane crash. He said the pilot of a turbo prop single engine aircraft reported having trouble with his flaps, which help lower the speed of a plane as it comes in for a landing.

The plane landed without issue, he said.





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