Six hurt after small plane crashes in western New York

August 2nd, 2010 - 10:19 am ICT by BNO News  

NEWFANE, NEW YORK (BNO NEWS) — Six people were injured after a small plane crashed in western New York on Sunday afternoon, local and federal officials said.

The fixed wing single-engine Cessna 185F went down in a wooded area in Newfane, a town in Niagara County, around 2.23 p.m. EDT. A total of six people were on board.

Jim Peters, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), said the aircraft was on a skydiving operation as it departed a private grass strip. “It didn’t clear the tree tops,” Peters said.

Local officials said the aircraft ended up about 50 feet from the runway and broke up into several pieces. The Niagara County Sheriff’s Department said one of those on board was transported to an area hospital in critical condition, while the five others were in a stable condition.

Federal records showed the 1979-build aircraft was registered to Daystar Trading & Ventures LLC based in Getzville, an ununcorporated hamlet in the town of Amherst in Erie County.

The FAA will investigate the cause of the accident.

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