The pilot of a small plane that crashed this morning at the Cortland County Airport is being treated for non-life threatening injuries at Guthrie Cortland Medical Center.
His co-pilot, the only other passenger onboard, was uninjured in the incident.
Inv./Lt. Chad Burhans says the Cortland County Sheriff’s Department responded to the airport just before 10 am.
Their preliminary investigation found the single-engine aircraft took off shortly before the crash when both the pilot and co-pilot reported windy conditions and decided they would try to land the plane in a field west of the runway, still on Cortland County Airport Property.
Both lost control while trying to land and had to skid into a complete stop, sustaining heavy damage to the aircraft in the process.
TLC rushed to the scene and treated the pilot for initial leg and back pain, before transporting him to Guthrie Cortland Regional Medical Center.
Burhans says the investigation is continuing and includes involvement from the Federal Aviation Administration.
Due to the crash, the airport was closed for more than three hours the plane was removed and the runway reopened.