October 23, 2021

One injured in Cortland plane crash

Photo provided by Cortland County Sheriff's Office

A single-engine plane sustained damage Monday morning after it crashed in a field inside the Cortland County Chase Field airport property. The pilot suffered minor injuries.

One person was injured this morning when a plane crashed at the Cortland County Airport, county sheriff’s officers said.

The single-engine plane, with both pilot and co-pilot took off about 9:58 a.m. from Chase Field, but the pilot reported windy conditions and brought the plane down in a field west of the runway, still on airport property, officers said.

While landing, the fliers lost control of the plane, which skidded into the field and sustained damage before it stopped.

The pilot, who police did not identify, was taken by TLC Ambulance to Guthrie Cortland Regional Medical Center, complaining of leg and back pain, but officers aid his injuries were not considered life-threatening.

The investigation continues and sheriff’s officers have been in contact with the Federal Aviation Administration. The airport was closed about 3½ hours.