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Pilot frees himself from wreckage after small plane crashes in western New York

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SHERIDAN, New York — A pilot freed himself from the wreckage of a single-engine plane after it crashed into woods shortly after takeoff from a western New York airport.

The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office says 66-year-old Francis Emmerling of West Seneca was flown 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 shortly after 11 a.m.

The Federal Aviation Administration will assist in the investigation.

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