GREENFIELD, N.Y. - A small plane crashed in the northern Saratoga County town of Greenfield Tuesday afternoon, and the 67-year-old pilot says he's lucky to have walked away.
The Saratoga County Sheriff's Office says the single-engine plane crashed near the Saratoga County airport around 3:40 p.m., landing in a field off Middlegrove Road near Sandhill Road.
Bill Booth, the pilot, says he's lucky to have walked away.
"It was pretty violent, but only a second and it was over," he said.
Booth sustained minor injuries to his legs and hands as a result of the crash. The only signs that show he was involved in the plane crash are the bandages wrapped around his hand and finger.
He had left Saratoga County Airport traveling to Blue Mountain Lake when the engine stopped causing the plane to lose power and crash.
"Five minutes after leaving airport I noticed strange indications on engine," he said.
Booth says he tried make it back to the airport, but knew he couldn't make it, then his 48-years of flying experienced kicking in.
"It was a lot of experience, and thinking about what I would do if this ever happened," he said.
Just a few minutes after taking off from the Saratoga County Airport, Booth was forced to crash land his plane in a remote field. What happened after the impact Booth couldn't believe.
"Things were flying around and it was quiet, then I sat there and I looked and then said 'I'm alive, this is good,' then stood up," he said.
Booth was able to walk away from the crash and says he feels just fine, though his plane sustained substantial damage.
He says this crash isn't stopping him from getting back in the cockpit.
The Sheriff's Office and Federal Aviation Administration investigated the scene, and they say the plane's malfunction was mechanical failure.