Sunday, June 7, 2009

Plane crash at Rochester International airport

The pilot involved in Saturday's plane crash at the Greater Rochester International Airport is out of the hospital.

Peter Treichler, 40, of East Aurora, had taken off in a vintage 1947 Vampire jet when airport officials say the plane had engine trouble five minutes into the flight.

It was heading back to Batavia when something went wrong.

Treichler tried to turn back and came up 100 feet short of the runway, hitting the ground twice before coming to a stop.

The plane was in town for an air show when the crash happened.

"It had engine failure five minutes into the flight. It tried to turn back, came about 100 feet short of the runway, touched down first. The force of hitting the ground forced it to lose total control of the plane and it did end up crashing about 250 yards farther adjacent to our main runway,” said David Damelio, airport director.

Treichler was taken to Strong Hospital with minor injuries and was released Sunday evening.

The jet was restored and previously owned by actor John Travolta and still bears Travolta's name, but has changed hands over the years. It is currently owned by the Wings of Flight aircraft club in Batavia.

Treichler is a member of that club, but is also a flight instructor with the Classic Jet Aircraft Association based in Maryland.

The Federal Aviation Administration continues to investigate the crash.


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