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Pilot escapes crash landing with minor injuries

GREENFIELD -- An experienced pilot escaped a crash landing with minor injuries on Tuesday night after his engine lost power.
Shortly before 3:30PM, the Saratoga County Sheriff's Office received calls about a plane crash landing off of Middle Grove Road.  Sheriff's Deputies, along with the Greenfield Fire Department and Empire EMS responded to the scene.  The pilot, 67-year-old Bill Booth, sustained minor injuries to his hands and legs and refused to be taken to the hospital.
Booth was flying from the Saratoga County Airport to Blue Mountain Lake, where he has a home.  The Sheriff's Office said that Booth had nearly 4,000 hours of flying experience.  The Sheriff's Office and Federal Aviation Administration determined that a mechanical issue in the engine caused the plane to lose power.
 
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