On the evening of Tuesday, December 24th, 2019 at approximately 5:46 p.m., the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Cortland County Airport for a report of a plane crash.
The prelimary investigation revealed that a single engine plane, which was occupied by the pilot only, had originated its flight from the Cortland County Airport. The pilot had been conducting some practice take off and landings for approximately an hour prior to the accident.
According to the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office, the pilot, who at this time his name is not being released, stated that he had just completed a landing and was taking off again when he lost control of the plane. The plane left the runway, struck a snowbank, and overturned onto its roof.
The pilot was able to exit the plane on his own before being transported by private vehicle to a nearby hospital for medical assistance. The pilot sustained a laceration to his head. The injury was not reported to be life threatening.
The investigation is continuing and Investigators with the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office were in contact with the FAA, where they will assist with the investigation. The plane, a 1966 Cherokee appears to be a total loss.
The airport runway was closed for approximately three and a half hours before the plane could be removed and the runway reopened.