3 injured in plane crash at Geneseo airport

July 13, 2018 11:12 PM

Federal investigators are looking into the plane crash that occurred Friday during preparations for this weekend's 2018 Geneseo Airshow.

Three people, including two teenagers, were hurt when a single-engine plane flipped over.


The crash left a single engine Cessna 172 wrecked and upside down in between the grass runway and taxiway at the Geneseo Airport.

It was a plane from the Civil Air Patrol, which is like an aviation-themed version of the Boy Scouts.

The 14 and 15-year-old C.A.P. cadets on board got out with bumps and bruises but the 65-year-old pilot suffered a broken back.

He's reported in stable condition after they were all taken to Strong Memorial Hospital. Emergency crews got to the scene within about one minute and found they'd all gotten themselves out of the plane.

The FAA has been on the scene investigating along with Livingston County EMS and Geneseo Fire.

The Cessna had to be drained of its fuel before it could be safely moved away.

The plane was not part of the Geneseo Airshow and the accident happened about three hours after all airshow activities had wrapped up but it happened as some airshow participants were here having dinner, which could be helpful. 

"There's a lot of witnesses that have experience with aviation so we are going to be talking to them, getting all the details,.," stated Tom Dougherty, Livingston County sheriff. 

Dougherty says the scene turned into a "best case scenario" with responders close by. 

Organizers say the airshow will be ready to take off Saturday at 11.

"Everybody is a professional who is out here flying their airplanes. So they know that incidents occur. I'm sure they will stress the extra safety factor in the morning," stated Dave Cooper, airshow logistics coordinator. 

Investigators say they did get to talk to the pilot and the teenagers at the hospital. The damaged plane has since been moved to a hangar where it will be examined as part of the investigation. 


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