HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. – Police confirm that a small plane crashed near Rogers Avenue in the Village of Hoosick Falls Sunday afternoon.
According to police, 69-year-old Stanton King of Valley Falls, was flying a small single engine plane from Chapin Field in Cambridge when he crashed in the field.
"He was much lower to the tree line then we were comfortable with when we realized something wasn't right," said Tanya Cowder, of Hoosick Falls.
Tanya and her husband immediately rushed to the scene of the wreck, putting out a small fire in the front of the plane. When the police arrived they say the victim was being tended to and stabilized by citizens in the surrounding area.
"With the smell of the gasoline we were really unsure of how stable the aircraft was so you weren't even thinking you were just get him out as safe as possible and deal with what happens next," said Cowder.
Police say King was taken to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center with a head injury and lacerations. He was then transferred to Albany Medical Center overnight where is currently listed in serious condition.
"He's very lucky, extremely lucky to have survived this," said Chief Robert Ashe of the Hoosick Falls Police Department.
"He's been an instructor for many, many years, and he's flown all types of air crafts," said friend and fellow flying club member Herb Loretan.
Loretan headed over to see his friends wreckage himself.
"I noticed the position of the elevator was in the full up position which indicates that you know he was trying to pull the nose up," said Loretan.
Hoosick Falls Police have now turned over the small single engine plane to the Federal Aviation Administration.