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WILSON, NY - Christian Herboth, age 38 of North Tonawanda, NY, was among those injured when a small plane carrying five people, plus the pilot, crashed at the Hollands International Airport in the Town of Wilson on Sunday. He was treated and released from ECMC following the accident.

Officials say the plane crashed about 50 ft. from the Frontier Skydiving Club runway. The plane took off around 2:20 p.m., developed trouble, and came down upside down, breaking into several pieces.

A spokesperson from Frontier Skydiving says that the plane that crashed was a Cessna 185 6-seater aircraft. It was being piloted by 68-year-old Paul Gath, company founder.  Gath has more than 30 years of experience as a pilot and has completed 5000 jumps, according to spokesman John Huber.  He was treated and released from ECMC in Buffalo.

Passenger Thomas "Toma" Medbury, age 53 of Akron, NY remains in critical condition at ECMC's Trauma Unit. He sustained multiple head, neck and spine injuries in the crash.

The remaining passengers are Tonya Tiede, age 42 of Batavia, NY, Joseph King, age 46 of Elma, NY, and Michael Maly Jr., age 35 of Cheektowaga, NY.  They were all treated and released from ECMC.

Maly is a Buffalo Firefighter and helped the other passengers in the critical moments after the crash. 

Nearby workers witnessed the crash and helped people at the scene. One of the workers gave a victim CPR until Emergency response crews arrived.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the FAA. FAA officials completed on scene investigation Monday. The results and findings will be released at a later date.

Frontier Skydiving has been cleared by the FAA to fly again, and the company says that will happen as soon as they are able to secure another airplane. 

 

WGRZ/ AP

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