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Six injured in Wilson plane crash

by jmaloni
Thu, Aug 5th 2010 01:00 pm

The Federal Aviation Administration and the Niagara County Sheriff's Office continue to investigate the crash of a Cessna 185 on Sunday afternoon in the Town of Wilson that injured six people.

The incident occurred at Holland International Airport (grass runway) at the Frontier Skydiving Club on Beebe Road at approximately 2:20 p.m., according to sheriff's department reports. The small aircraft was taking off when it crashed. The aircraft was piloted by Paul Gath, 68 of Arcade, who has more than 30 years of experience as a pilot. He was treated and released from Erie County Medical Center.

Passenger Thomas "Toma" Medbury, 53, of Akron, who sustained multiple head, neck and spine injuries, was still listed in critical condition Wednesday at ECMC.

The remaining passengers were treated and released from ECMC were Tonya Tiede, 42, of Batavia; Christian Herboth, 38, of North Tonawanda; Joseph King, 46, of Elma; and Michael Maly Jr., 35, of Cheektowaga.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the FAA.

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