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Guilderland plane crash not reported for week

June 21, 2014
Updated 9:35 p.m.
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Eugene DiCerbo looks at a small airplane stuck in the trees in his backyard, one week after police say a 75 year old man crashed the plane while trying to land at a nearby airstrip, walked away unharmed and left it there unreported, until Eugene discovered it early on Saturday, June 21, 2014.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
Eugene DiCerbo looks at a small airplane stuck in the trees in his backyard, one week after police say a 75 year old man crashed the plane while trying to land at a nearby airstrip, walked away unharmed and left it there unreported, until Eugene discovered it early on Saturday, June 21, 2014.

— A 75-year-old Schenectady man crashed a plane in Guilderland last week, was unharmed and did not report the crash to any authorities, Guilderland police said.

Police responded to a report of a plane crash at 11:51 a.m. Saturday at 167 Gray Road, only to find out that the plane had crashed the week before, Saturday, June 14, at about 12:30 p.m., police said.

The pilot, Fred Jackson, was flying the 1949 Piper Clipper from Hamilton to the landing strip at 125 Gray Road, police said. When he tried to land, the plane experienced a mechanical failure, passed the runway and crashed into a row of trees.

Jackson was uninjured and did not report the incident to the Federal Aviation Administration or any police department, police said.

Guilderland police did not file any charges against the pilot. Police reported the incident to the FAA, which is conducting its own investigation.

 
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