WILSON, N.Y. (WIVB) - We now know the names of the pilot and five skydivers injuredwhen their plane crashed seconds after take-off in NiagaraCounty.
The news is not any worse on Monday, in fact, five of the sixpeople on that plane have been released from the hospital.
Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour said, "We look at thepieces and the parts and the way it was broken up and we couldn'tbelieve anybody was still alive."
Sheriff Voutour was on the scene Sunday afternoon when the smallplane crashed shortly after take off from Hollands Airfield onBeebe Road in the town of Wilson. Five of the six people on boardhave been treated and released from the ECMC: the pilot, Paul Gathof Arcade; Tonya Tiede of Batavia; Chrisitan Herboth of NorthTonawanda; Joseph King of Elma; and Michael Maly Jr. ofCheektowaga; are home.
But Frontier Skydiver Coach, 53-year-old Thomas "Toma" Medbury,is still in critical condition.
"With severe trauma to the head, spine, back," said Voutour.
This is actual video from the same plane a few years ago. TwoNews 4 staffers jumped out of the Cessna 185, which seats sixpeople. This is the view shortly after take-off back then, andgives us an idea of the point where it went down after the planeexperienced trouble, 40 feet off the ground.
John Huber of the Frontier Skydivers Club said, "It was a formermountain rescue plane that he purchased, so it already had jumpexperience in it, so he purchased it and we rented it fromhim."
Huber says it served the club very well for the past threeyears. The pilot, Paul Gath, has 30 years of flying experience.
"We've never had a plane crash here at Frontier. We had bumpsand bruises with people that land, twisted ankles, occasionally abroken ankle, but those are very rare as well as far as the numberof dives they do, very limited," said Voutour.
The Federal Aviation Administration has been on the scene onMonday investigating, but officials have not announced a cause ofthe crash yet.
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NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has obtained a court order to prevent a Buffalo woman from ever selling puppies again.
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Continued cold temperatures as the lake effect winds down late today, more snow on the way this weekend.