October 21, 2021

Plane crashes in Freetown; pilot, passenger not seriously injured

Bob Ellis/staff photographer — Marathon Fire Department first-responder Larry Leet looks over a 1968 Cessena Cardinal airplane that crashed Friday evening off Sperry Road in the town of Freetown.
FREETOWN — A pilot and passenger walked away after their plane crashed into a field off Sperry Road just before 6 p.m. Friday.
The pilot, Tom Adams, 65, of Marathon, and a passenger were flying Adams’ 1968 Cessna Cardinal over a landing strip on Sperry Road, owned by Tony Zelsnack, when one of the wings locked up during a low approach exercise, Adams said.
The plane flew under telephone wires before crashing through some bushes, coming to rest in the field, Adams said. The owners of the field, Richard and Virginia Karpenko, reported the crash.
Neither Adams nor his passenger, Micah Bates, 30, a resident of the DeRuyter area, reported serious injuries.
The accident caused a fuel leak in the plane and tore tubing out of a wing.
Members of the Marathon and McGraw fire departments, as well as Marathon Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps and the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office responded to the crash site.
See Saturday’s edition of the Cortland Standard for complete coverage.