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One man was Mercy Flighted to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester tonight, following an on-the-ground plane crash at the Genesee County Airport.

The accident occurred at about 8:40pm this evening. 54-year-old Patrick McCabe of Caledonia was taking off, on what was described as his "maiden voyage" in his aircraft. According to Trooper Eddie Chaney, the plane somehow veered to its right, struck a berm and overturned. The plane ended up on its roof, about 100 feet from the runway.

It's unclear what caused the plane to veer off the runway. McCabe was alone in the aircraft, and is believed to be the registered owner of the plane. It is a 1999 Murphy Elite, single-engine craft.

McCabe's injuries were described as a compound fracture to his right leg.

The airport was closed immediately following the accident, but was expected to be re-opened this evening. At least one plane had to be diverted due to the crash.

The aircraft will remain in its current state and location until the accident investigation is completed.

The Federal Aviation Association will complete the probe into the accident, along with State Police. The Genesee County Sheriff's Department also responded this evening, along with the Town of Batavia Fire Department.

Below, video of this evening's impromptu news conference with Trooper Eddie Chaney.


PHOTO: Emergency vehicles line the runway at the County Airport Friday evening

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# Jim Falk
Saturday, July 16, 2011 9:25 AM
Spoiled rich folks and their toys. Thank God that there were no innocent bystanders injured or, worse. Next time, rich guy...take a cab or a bus!
# James McCabe
Saturday, July 16, 2011 12:22 PM
Mr. Jim Falk you have no idea what you are talking about. This plane was being rebuilt by my brother for the owner. My brother was the pilot who was doing a high speed taxi test with no intent to fly. Please refrain from commenting on information you have no knowledge of. Webmaster please remove Mr. Jim Falk's comments form this thread.
# Geoff Redick
Saturday, July 16, 2011 8:59 PM
*This comment from "Craig" edited for profanity.

Jim your a complete ******!
# Geoff Redick
Saturday, July 16, 2011 9:01 PM
James McCabe--

It is our policy to only disallow or edit comments for profanity.
# Linda Korff
Sunday, July 17, 2011 11:04 AM
Mr McCabe, I hope your brother will be ok. I commend him for his efforts and hope that the plane will be able to get repaired and completed.
Mr Falk, not everyone who flies is a spoiled rich person. We are adventurous souls who have the courage and intensive training to do something that all too few people have done. You are so quick to pass judgement, I wonder if you have ever experienced the joy of flight. Your attitude is adolescent and uninformed. Do you have any idea just how stupid your comment was?
# Ben York
Monday, July 18, 2011 5:58 PM
If your not a pilot, put a lid on your comments. Pilots go through a lot to earn the privilege to fly. A unexpected cross wind could have caught him off guard. Like Craig said. Shut up!

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