HARMONY, NY (WNY News Now) – Two Ohio residents were taken to a regional medical center following a plane crash in southern Chautauqua County on Thursday night.
The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office reports the crash happened just after 11 p.m. in a wooded area near Baker Street Extension in the Town of Harmony.
The aircraft’s two occupants, deputies said, were able to self-extricate from the wreckage.
Following an investigation, law enforcement believe that the pilot, identified as 63-year-old Lawrence Zupon, and his passenger, 25-year-old Daniel Rossi, were conducting training exercises when the plane lost power just before the crash occurred.
Both Zupon and Rossi were treated at the scene by Ashville and Panama Fire Departments, along with Chautauqua County EMS.
They were later transported to Hamot Medical Center for further treatment of their injuries.
The accident remains under investigation by the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Aviation Administration.