A pilot practicing taking off and landing at Cortland County Airport crashed after losing control at 5:46 p.m. Tuesday, the Cortland County Sheriff’s office said.
The preliminary investigation revealed that a single engine plane, which was occupied only by the pilot, had originated its flight from the airport.
The office said the pilot, whose name is not being released, had been practicing take off and landings for approximately an hour before the accident. The pilot was taking off when he lost control of the plane, which then left the runway, struck a snowbank and overturned onto its roof.
The pilot exited the vehicle before being transported to Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca for medical assistance for a deep cut to the head. The injury was not reported to be life threatening, the Sheriff’s office said.
The airport was closed for 3 1/2 hours before the plane, a 1966 Cherokee, could be removed and the runway reopened.
The investigation is ongoing between the sheriff’s office and the Federal Aviation Administration.