Sunday, March 18, 2012

Plane crash leaves one injured near Wayne Delp Airport (33NY), West Coxsackie, New York

The scene of the crash. The pilot suffered only minor injuries, but was sent to Albany Medical Center for treatment.
Photo by Doron Tyler Antrim/Hudson-Catskill Newspapers

NEW BALTIMORE — A man was injured after the small plane he was piloting hit a tree and landed in a clearing in New Baltimore this evening, authorities and witnesses say.

An as yet unidentified man took off from the private Wayne Delp Airport not far from the crash site and was attempting to return after experiencing engine troubles, according to the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.

It is then that he reportedly crashed into the tree, spun around and landed in a small clearing on the property of Steve Pilatich at 62 Jennings Road.

Pilatich witnessed the crash, and along with a second person, rendered assistance to the man, who was bleeding from the nose, but otherwise unhurt.

The incident was reported around 5:30 p.m.

The man was transported to Albany Medical Center and is being treated for facial lacerations, the sheriff's office said.

The plane was described as a 2/3 scale replica Jenny, a World War I-era biplane.

The airport did not wish to comment on the incident.

The National Transportation Safety Board has been contacted and will be conducting an investigation.


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