GREAT VALLEY – An 80-year-old Brockport man was recognized because the passenger killed in a aircraft crash Wednesday afternoon in Cattaraugus County.
William H. Mandelare died on account of the accident, which happened on the Nice Valley Airport round 2 p.m.
In accordance with the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Workplace, a preliminary investigation discovered that the aircraft, a Cessna 177, skilled issues throughout takeoff and crashed right into a subject simply off the runway.
“I might see the aircraft within the air and the wings have been tilting barely,” Captain Ronald Lott informed the Occasions Herald concerning the witness. “He seemed up on the sky and did not actually see the aircraft within the air, and some seconds later he noticed black smoke.”
The opposite occupant, recognized by the Sheriff’s Workplace in a information launch as 72-year-old Brockport resident Raymond E. Groetsch, was airlifted to Erie County Medical Heart and remained in crucial situation.
The accident, positioned on the non-public airport north of Salamanca, continues to be investigated by the Nationwide Transportation Security Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.
On Thursday, the NTSB mentioned it could ship an aviation security investigator to the crash web site.