Friday, August 12, 2022

Cessna 172N Skyhawk II, N4751F: Accident occurred August 11, 2022 in Harmony, Chautauqua County, New York

National Transportation Safety Board - Accident Number: ERA22LA369 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Rochester, New York

Aircraft crashed short of the airport after experiencing engine issues.

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Date: 12-AUG-22
Time: 02:59:00Z
Regis#: N4751F
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91

TOWN OF HARMONY, New York  — The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating a plane crash in the Chautauqua County town of Harmony.

According to the Sheriff's Office, crews were called to the scene on Baker Street Extension just after 11:00 pm on Thursday.

Investigators say the two people on board were conducting training exercises when their plane lost power and crashed in a wooded area.

The pilot, identified as 63-year-old Lawrence Zupon and his passenger, 25-year-old Daniel Rossi, both of Ohio, were treated on-scene before being taken to Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania.

7 News had a crew at the scene who spoke to officials who said the scene has been secured and they are waiting for the FAA. Officials said the pilot may have been trying to reach a private landing strip. The pilot and the passenger suffered non-life-threatening injuries to their faces.

Two people were reported to be injured late Thursday when the small plane they were in went down in the backyard of a home on Baker Street Extension in the town of Harmony.

The crash occurred a little before 11 p.m. at the home of Jamie King, who said her husband heard a “loud noise” and woke her up.

“We looked in the backyard (and) saw a man walking in the backyard,” King told The Post-Journal. “He told us his plane crashed and asked to call 911.”

King said both occupants of the plane were men and noted they were “walking and talking” after the crash. The severity of their injuries wasn’t immediately known, though two medical helicopters were requested.

Several first responders, including firefighters from Panama, were at the scene into the early hours of Friday.

A plane crashed in the backyard of a home on Baker Street Extension in the town of Harmony. Photo provided by Jamie King

King shared photos of her backyard that showed the plane heavily damaged in a wooded area. She said it landed about 60 feet from her home.

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