Pilot survives small plane crash at Cortland County Airport

A single-engine plane has crashed at the end of the runway at Cortland County Airport on Sunday afternoon, leaving its pilot shaken up but not seriously hurt.

Cortland County Sheriff's Lt. Todd Caufield says the 55-year-old pilot was able to get out of the plane with the help of bystanders following the crash around 3:20 p.m. Sunday. The pilot, whose name was not released, has been treated for non-life threatening injuries at Cortland Regional Medical Center.

Airport manager Robert Buerkle says the pilot was "shaken up, but he walked away."

Authorities say when the plane hit the ground its landing gear collapsed and it flipped over. Caufield says, however, the landing gear wasn't the cause of the crash.

Airport Manager Robert Buerkle told CNY Central it's unclear why the plane's landing gear collapsed.

The Federal Aviation Authority and the sheriff's department are investigating.

No air traffic was delayed, as the airport was not shut down. The airport remains open.

Anyone who may have more information on the crash is asked to call the Cortland County Sheriff's Department Criminal Investigation Division at 607-758-6151.

(Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.)