GENESEO, N.Y. — First responders and federal officials spent several hours Friday night at the Geneseo Airport after a plane crashed and flipped over.
The Livingston County Sheriff says the pilot of the Cessna aircraft, 65-year-old Timothy Sheffer of Rush, broke his back in the crash.
Two passengers, both teenagers in the Civil Air Patrol program, had less serious injuries.
All three were taken to strong hospital.
The crash happened at about 6 p.m., after events for the Geneseo Airshow wrapped up for the evening.
Air show organizers say this crash could have been a lot worse.
"Now the good news about all this is we plan, every time we have the airshow, for an incident,” said David Cooper, spokesperson for the air show. “We plan for these types of things.
The sheriff's office was on scene within a minute and a half of the incident occurring. In fact I think it was within a minute. And we had the Geneseo Fire Department. They were here within six minutes. So everybody was quick on the scene as we had practiced."
The crash is being investigated by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.