Officials Id Man, 80, Who Died In Western Ny Plane Crash

GREAT VALLEY, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities have identified an 80-year-old man who died and another man who was seriously injured when a small plane crashed in western New York this week.

William H. Mandelare of Brockport died in the crash near Great Valley Airport, the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post Thursday, as officials investigated what caused the accident.

Raymond E. Groetsch, 72, also of Brockport, survived the crash and is hospitalized in critical condition, the sheriff's office said.

Federal Aviation Administration records show pilots' licenses for both men. The sheriff's office post Thursday didn't say which man was at the controls, though Sheriff’s Capt. Ronald Lott said Wednesday that the injured man told deputies he was the pilot.

The plane, identified by the National Transportation Safety Board as a Cessna 177, crashed about 2 p.m. Wednesday shortly after taking off from the Great Valley Airport. It's about 57 miles (92 km) south of Buffalo. The aircraft ended up in a field just off of the runway, the sheriff's office said.

The NTSB was sending an investigator to the accident site Thursday.