Saturday, October 8, 2016

Cessna 172, N3943F: Incident occurred October 08, 2016 at Argyle Airport (1C3), Washington County, New York

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Albany FSDO-01


Date: 08-OCT-16
Time: 18:01:00Z
Regis#: N3943F
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: Minor
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
State: New York

ARGYLE — Two men walked away with minor injuries after a 1958 Cessna Skyhawk 172 flipped over near the runway at Argyle Airport following a pilot re-certification flight Saturday afternoon, the Washington County sheriff said.

Gary V. Townsend, 55, of Sutherland, Vt. was piloting the Cessna during the re-certification flight with instructor Richard J. Bovey, 72, of Argyle. Both men suffered minor injuries, were treated at the scene by emergency medical technicians and declined to be taken to a hospital, Sheriff Jeffrey J. Murphy said.

The crash occurred at about 2 p.m. and the plane landed upside-down just east of the runway at the Argyle Airport on State Route 40, Murphy said.

Deputies Brad Hamilton, John Whitney and Sgt. Tim Carroll responded to the crash, which is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration. Argyle Fire and EMS and the state Department of Environmental Conservation were also at the scene. The plane suffered significant damage, Murphy said.


ARGYLE — A 1958 Cessna Skyhawk 172 carrying two passengers crashed Saturday afternoon into a field just off the runway at the airport on Route 40 in Argyle.

The plane's pilot, Gary V. Townsend, 55, of Sunderland Vt., was completing a portion of a pilot re-certification flight, Washington County Sheriff Jeffrey J. Murphy said in a release.  

"He came in at too slow a speed and hit the runway,"  Sgt. Tim Carroll of the Sheriff's Department said at the scene. "Then the plane struck a tree and the plane flipped over."

The Argyle flight  instructor, Richard J. Bovey, 72, was the only passenger in the aircraft.

Both men suffered  minor injuries and were checked at the scene by emergency responders, Carroll said.

The FAA was contacted and will be investigating the cause of the accident, according Murphy. The plane was significantly damaged, he added.

ENCON units along with Argyle Fire and EMS assisted at the scene. 


ARGYLE, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Police say the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a plane crash at the Argyle Airport Saturday afternoon.

Sheriff’s deputies located the plane, which was a 1958 Cessna Skyhawk 172, upside down, just east of the runway. Deputies located the two people who were involved in the crash as well.

Gary Townsend, 55, of Sunderland, Vermont was the pilot of the aircraft and was completing a portion of a pilot re-certification flight. Richard Bovey, 72, of Argyle, N.Y., was the instructor and passenger in the plane.

Both suffered apparent minor injuries and were checked by EMS at the scene. They declined transport to the hospital.

The Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating the cause of the accident.

The plane suffered significant damage.

Along with the sheriff’s office, Argyle Fire Department and EMS were at the scene assisting.


ARGYLE -- The FAA is looking into a plane crash at the Argyle Airport Saturday afternoon.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office said two men were treated at the scene for minor injuries. 

The pilot suffered cuts and scrapes, and the instructor had minor injuries including one to his ear.

The Sheriff's Office reported it found the plane upside-down, with significant damage.


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