Small plane crashes near Brant Lake

Small plane crashes near Brant Lake

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Brant Lake plane crash

State Police are investigating a plane crash in a field near Palisades Road in Horicon.

HORICON  State Police are investigating a plane crash that occurred Monday morning in a field near Palisades Road.

No one was hurt in the 10:06 a.m. incident. A small, single-engine plane piloted by George H. Wiederkehr, 82, of Ballston Lake, flipped onto its roof when Wiederkehr tried to land in a field after he believed he was running out of fuel, police said.

Wiederkehr had flown from Lake Placid to Niettis Field in Delanson and had planned to land there, officials said. But he concluded that weather there was not conducive to landing and he was low on fuel, so he turned around and tried to return to Lake Placid, officials said.

As he flew north, he became worried about fuel levels and planned to try to land at an airfield in Schroon Lake, and tried to make an emergency landing in a field near Brant Lake that he saw when he descended through cloud cover.

The plane’s front landing gear failed as it rolled on the field, causing the front of the plane to hit the field and flip.

Police said the 2013 plane was a small, hand-made kit plane. The nose and landing gear suffered extensive damage.

The Federal Aviation Administration was assisting State Police with the investigation.

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