08/11/2010 // New York, NY, USA // Jonathan C. Reiter // New York City aviation accident lawyer Jonathan C. Reiter
Wilson, NY (New York City Aviation Accident Lawyer News)—Authorities from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are continuing to probe the crash of a six-seater skydiving plane Sunday, August 1, 2010, that left a pilot and five skydivers injured. The horrific aviation accident occurred when the pilot lost control of the aircraft just as it reached an altitude of about 30 or 40 feet. The plane crashed into a wooded area near Hollands International Airport in Niagara County, approximately 35 miles north of Buffalo, New York. While the cause of the plane wreck remains under investigation, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reports indicated an open door might have contributed to the accident, according to information provided by the Buffalo News.
A Cessna 185, rented by the Frontier Skydivers club, had just taken off on its seventh skydiving mission of the day when one of the plane’s doors opened for unknown reasons. The pilot, 68-year-old Paul E. Gath, subsequently lost control of the aircraft, causing it to veer off course. The plane seemingly fell through the trees, eventually overturning and crashing onto the ground below. According to Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour, “It’s nothing short of a miracle… The plane was completely destroyed… The trees probably saved the lives of the people… [The plane] was probably in four of five pieces, and it was [a] soft landing rather than a hard landing.”
Mercy Flight helicopters and ambulances arrived at the scene to transport those injured in the plane wreck to Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) for treatment. With the exclusion of 53-year-old skydiving instructor Thomas “Toma” Medbury, the pilot and four others aboard the aircraft were treated at ECMC and released. Medbury suffered critical injuries in the wreck and remained hospitalized as of Tuesday. FAA spokesman James Peterson explained, “A door opening is not necessarily going to cause a plane to crash… This is a Cessna 185. What effect will this have on the controllability of the aircraft? That is what will be part of the [safety board’s] investigation… Because one of the six skydivers was seriously injured and the aircraft itself sustained substantial damage, it now makes it [a safety board] accident investigation.” The probe continues.
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