posted on July 15, 2011 23:19
One man was Mercy Flighted to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester tonight, following an on-the-ground plane crash at the Genesee County Airport.
The accident occurred at about 8:40pm this evening. 54-year-old Patrick McCabe of Caledonia was taking off, on what was described as his "maiden voyage" in his aircraft. According to Trooper Eddie Chaney, the plane somehow veered to its right, struck a berm and overturned. The plane ended up on its roof, about 100 feet from the runway.
It's unclear what caused the plane to veer off the runway. McCabe was alone in the aircraft, and is believed to be the registered owner of the plane. It is a 1999 Murphy Elite, single-engine craft.
McCabe's injuries were described as a compound fracture to his right leg.
The airport was closed immediately following the accident, but was expected to be re-opened this evening. At least one plane had to be diverted due to the crash.
The aircraft will remain in its current state and location until the accident investigation is completed.
The Federal Aviation Association will complete the probe into the accident, along with State Police. The Genesee County Sheriff's Department also responded this evening, along with the Town of Batavia Fire Department.
Below, video of this evening's impromptu news conference with Trooper Eddie Chaney.
PHOTO: Emergency vehicles line the runway at the County Airport Friday evening