FAA Investigates Wilson Plane Crash

August 2, 2010 Updated Aug 3, 2010 at 7:33 AM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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August 2, 2010 Updated Aug 3, 2010 at 7:33 AM EDT

Wilson, NY (WKBW-TV) - The Federal Aviation Administration is now investigating a plane crash that sent a group of skydivers to the hospital Sunday. The plane was rented by the Frontier Skydivers group and it crashed for unknown reasons around 2:20 p.m. Sunday shortly after takeoff from the Hollands International Airport in Wilson with five skydivers and the pilot on board. The crash site is in a field roughly 50 feet from the runway.

Officials say 5 people have been treated and released from ECMC including the pilot, 68-year-old Paul Gath of Arcade, who has more than 30 years of experience as a pilot. One of the passengers, 53-year-old Thomas Medbury of Akron remains at ECMC today in Critical Condition.

"Club members are all depressed at this point," says John Huber, Safety and Training Advisor for Frontier Skydivers, "We've had an accident so we are depressed, and are a big family so we know each other."

FAA Investigators will now compile data to hand over to the NTSB for final analysis so officials can determine a cause for the crash.