Plane crashes in Delaware County, injures pilot

By Nicky Hickling

Credit: MGN Stills

Plane crashes in Delaware County, injures pilot

May 12, 2014 Updated May 12, 2014 at 1:49 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) New York State Police and local emergency responders were called to a civilian aircraft crash in the area of North Montgomery Hollow Road in Roxbury.

Investigators said a 1943 North American twin seat AT-6C fixed wing single propeller aircraft, operated by James Leavelle, 45, of Mentor, OH, had attempted to land on a private grass airfield off of South Montgomery Hollow Road due to an approaching weather system.

The aircraft was unable stop within the length of the field and the pilot lifted back up for a second attempt. Upon acceleration, the aircraft clipped a number of trees and a power line, causing it to lose altitude and crash land in a field off of North Montgomery Hollow Road.

The plane slid into a wooded area, striking a number of trees and causing extensive damage. The pilot was removed from the aircraft and taken to Basset Medical Center in Cooperstown. He suffered a cut to his forehead and diagnosed with a minor hairline fracture in one spinal disc in the neck area. None of the injuries were considered life-threatening.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were notified of the crash. The aircraft was disassembled and towed to a local storage yard.

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