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Pilot injured in plane crash

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Cortland County Sheriff's Office
A single engine plane sits in a field after crashing Monday morning.

CORTLAND, N.Y. (WBNG) -- A pilot is in the hospital and his co-pilot escaped injury in a plane crash mid Monday morning, according to the Cortland County Sheriff's Office.

According to a news release, the pilot of a single engine airplane took off from the Cortland County Airport just before 10:00 a.m. Monday. Shortly after taking off, the pilot decided to land the plane in a field just west of the runway on airport property due to windy conditions.

As the pilot began to land, both he and his co-pilot were "unable to control the aircraft". The plane skidded across the ground before it came to a stop.

The pilot was taken to a local hospital for leg and back pain. He is expected to survive. The co-pilot was not hurt.

Deputies contacted the Federal Aviation Administration, which will conduct an investigation into the crash.

The crash closed the Cortland County Airport for more than three hours.

WBNG

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