News Plane Crashes — 25 April 2017

OVID — The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office and Federal Aviation Administration are investigating two incidents Sunday afternoon involving an Ovid skydiving business, including a small plane that flipped over after landing in a farm field.

Sheriff Tim Luce said deputies responded to Skydive Finger Lakes on Parish Road shortly before 1 p.m. after getting a report of an injured person. They learned a 1957 Cessna 182A single-engine aircraft had a mechanical issue, resulting in a low-power situation.

The pilot, 22-year-old Conner Carey of Ovid, tried to get back to the airport but was unable to reach it. He made a “soft field” landing in a plowed field just northwest of the airport.

Carey told deputies the plane traveled a short distance on the ground before getting caught on rough terrain and flipping over. Carey was able to get out of the plane on his own and walk to the airport.

He was checked over at the airport, then taken by South Seneca Ambulance to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. He was treated there for minor injuries and released later in the day.

Luce said before the airplane incident, a skydiver — 49-year-old Perry Sickler of Endicott, Broome County — suffered minor injuries on a landing after jumping from the plane. He was taken by Trumansburg Ambulance to Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca for treatment.

Luce said Sickler is an experienced skydiver with more than 1,000 jumps. Deputies were assisted at the scene by members of the Ovid Fire Department.

The sheriff’s office is assisting the FAA in the ongoing investigation.

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On April 23rd, 2017, at 12:50 PM, Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 2562 Parish Rd Ovid NY–( Ovid Sky Diving ), for a report of an injured person.

A small 1957 Cessna 182A single engine craft was reported to have had a possible mechanical problem, resulting in a low power situation.

The pilot attempted to get back to the Ovid Airport but was unable to reach it, and had to make a soft field landing, in a plowed field, just north west of the Ovid Airport.

The plane traveled a short distance, apparently caught in the rough terrain and then flipped over before coming to a rest on its top.

The pilot, Conner Carey, age 22, of Parish Rd., Ovid, N.Y, got out of the flipped plane on his own and walked back to the Ovid Airport.

He was checked at the scene and then transported by South Seneca Ambulance to Robert Packer Hospital i n Sayre PA, where he was treated and released.

Deputies also discovered that just prior to the aircraft incident, Perry Sickler 49 of 210 Day St ,Endicott NY was sky diving from the involved plane and suffered minor injuries while attempting to land on his feet after a jump.

Sickler was transported by Trumansburg Ambulance to the Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca for treatment.The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Ovid Fire at the scene.

The Seneca County Sheriffs Office remains on scene, and will be assisting the FAA in the ongoing investigation.

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