Pilot Walks Away from Plane Crash
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- A single-engine plane has crashed at the Cortland County Airport, leaving its pilot shaken up but not seriously hurt.
Cortland County Sheriff's Lt. Todd Caufield tells The (Syracuse) Post-Standard (bit.ly/14TcglL) the 55-year-old pilot was able to get out of the plane with the help of bystanders following the crash around 3:20 p.m. Sunday. The pilot, whose name was not released, has been treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital.
Airport manager Robert Buerkle says the pilot was "shaken up, but he walked away."
Authorities say when the plane hit the ground its landing gear collapsed and it flipped over. Caufield says, however, the landing gear wasn't the cause of the crash. The Federal Aviation Authority and the sheriff's department are investigating.
The airport remains open.