At about 11:53 EDT, a Piper PA-32-260 Cherokee Six crashed shortly after takeoff from Westerly State Airport. The pilot and two passengers died and two other passengers were seriously injured. The flight was a scheduled Part 135 flight to Block Island. Several witnesses heard the aircraft take off, and two reported the engine stopped abruptly before the Piper crashed about 200 feet from the departure end of the runway. Preliminary investigation revealed no reason for the apparent loss of power.