- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

SHERIDAN, N.Y. (AP) - A single-engine plane has crashed into woods shortly after takeoff from a western New York airport, but the pilot has freed himself from the wreckage.

The Chautauqua (shuh-TAH’-kwah) County sheriff’s office says 66-year-old West Seneca resident Francis Emmerling has been taken to a hospital to be treated for cuts to his face and a leg injury after the accident Thursday in the town of Sheridan.

Authorities say Emmerling was alone in the Cessna 162 when he experienced a mechanical problem about a mile into his flight from Dunkirk Airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration will assist in the investigation.

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