Small Plane Crash

July 16, 2011 Updated Jul 16, 2011 at 11:16 AM EDT

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Small Plane Crash

July 16, 2011 Updated Jul 16, 2011 at 11:16 AM EDT

BATAVIA, NY ( release ) On Friday at approximately 8:40p.m., New York State troopers from Batavia investigated an airplane crash at the Genesee County Airport.

Patrick McCabe of Caledonia, NY took off in his single engine airplane, however as the plane became airborne it veered to the left, striking an embankment head on just 150 yards north of the runway.

Pilot McCabe was freed from the wreckage by the Town of Batavia Fire Department and taken by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital with a compound fracture of his right leg.

McCabe was alone in the plane at the time of the crash, and the FAA is continuing the investigation.