Two men were injured on Thursday night when the small plane they were traveling in crashed into the backyard of a house in Baker Street Extension in the town of Harmony.
The accident happened shortly after 11 p.m. at the home of Jamie King, who said her husband heard a ” big noise “ and woke her up.
“We looked into the backyard (and) saw a man walking through the backyard,” King told the Post-Journal. “He told us his plane had crashed and asked to call 911.”
King said the two occupants of the aircraft were male and noted that they were “walk and talk” after the accident. The severity of their injuries was not immediately known, although two medical helicopters were requested.
Several first responders, including firefighters from Panama, were at the scene in the early hours of Friday.
King shared photos from his backyard showing the heavily damaged plane in a wooded area. She said he landed about 60 feet from her house.
The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office said the single-engine aircraft occupied by two subjects was conducting training exercises when it lost power. Following the aircraft’s loss of power, it crashed in a wooded area.
The two occupants were able to get out. The pilot, Lawrence Zupon, 63, of Ohio, and passenger, Daniel Rossi, 25, of Mayfield Heights, Ohio, were both treated at the scene by the Ashville and Panama Fire Departments, as well as Chautauqua County EMS. Both subjects were then transported to Hamot Medical Center for further treatment of their injuries.
The crash is still under investigation by the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Aviation Administration.
The Lakewood-Busti Police Department and New York State Police also assisted.