According to a press release issued by New York State Police, on Sunday, October 9th, at about 11:54 am, State Police responded to a reported accident involving a small single engine plane on Great Sacandaga Lake in the area of 328 Houseman Street in Northampton, Fulton County.
The preliminary investigation determined that a Maule MX-7 single engine plane was attempting to take off from the area of the Northampton Campground when a gust of wind caught the plane when it was only a few feet off the ground. The plane dropped into the shallow water of the lake and flipped over.
The pilot, Matthew Clemente, 66, of Troy, NY, and one passenger were not injured. A second passenger was treated for non-life threatening injury. The Federal Aviation Administration was contacted and is investigating.
Great Sacandaga Lake is approximately 29-mile lake located in the Adirondack Park in Northern New York.