- Associated Press - Sunday, June 22, 2014

GUILDERLAND, N.Y. (AP) - A small plane found abandoned in rural Albany County has been traced to a 75-year-old pilot who had crashed it and planned to return to tow it away.

Fred Jackson tells the Albany Times Union (http://bit.ly/1l1tbtv ) that he quietly left his single-engine Piper Clipper in the trees on an Altamont property a week ago because he didn’t want to report the incident to the Federal Aviation Administration. He said he had run into engine trouble coming into a nearby landing strip.

Residents found the plane Saturday and reported it to Guilderland police, who tracked down Jackson at his home in Niskayuna (nihs-kuh-YOO-nuh).

Jackson said he just hadn’t gotten around to moving the plane. He said he plans to repair it and get it back in the air.