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Livingston County Sheriff's Deputies report this afternoon that only minor injuries resulted from a pair of plane crashes at the Geneseo Air Show.

The first mishap occurred at approximately 8:40am, and was relatively minor. 69-year-old Leon Rousselle was piloting a 1961 Beechcraft, a 4-seater personal use aircraft. Rousselle was attempting to land on the earthen airfield, when his plane apparently stalled just a short height off the ground. Deputies report the plane fell about 20 feet.

Rousselle was treated at the scene, along with his wife, who was a passenger. Two other passengers, Tom and Suan Ciura of Lancaster, were transported to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester with neck and back pain.

Rousselle's plane sustained heavy damage to its wings and engine.


A second accident involved a replica of a famous World War I German fighter plane. 67-year-old Joseph Auger of Brampton, Ontario, Canada was piloting his replica Fokker DR-1 triplane in a mock firefight exercise around 12:15pm.

Auger's plane apparently lost power at 600 feet altitude. Auger was able to bring his craft under control and prepare it for an powerless, gliding landing. However, as he descended, the wheels of Auger's craft became tangled in some cornstalks in a nearby field.

The Fokker DR-1 flipped over, trapping Auger, who was strapped inside. He eventually freed himself before rescuers reached the plane.

Amazingly, the pilot was unhurt in the crash.

Livingston County Sheriffs report that the plane was extensively damaged.

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