- Associated Press - Monday, May 12, 2014

ROXBURY, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say an Ohio man was piloting the single-engine World War II plane that crashed after an attempt to land at a rural upstate New York airfield.

State police say 45-year-old James Leavelle of Mentor, Ohio, was trying to land Friday afternoon at a private grass airfield in Roxbury in Delaware County because of an approaching weather system.

Troopers say he was traveling too fast for the field’s length and tried to pull up for another pass when the 1943 North American AT-6C Texan clipped some trees and a power line before crashing in a field. The plane slid into the tree line, sustaining extensive damage.

Police say Leavelle suffered head and neck injuries that aren’t life-threatening. He was treated at a hospital in Cooperstown.

The crash remains under investigation.

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