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According to Sheriff Jeffrey J. Murphy, on October 8, 2016 at 2:00 PM, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Argyle Airport on State Route 40 in the Town of Argyle for a report of a plane crash.
Upon arrival, sheriff’s deputies located a 1958 Cessna Skyhawk 172 upside down, just east of the runway. Deputies also located the two people who were involved in the crash.
Gary V. Townsend, 55, of Sunderland, Vermont was the pilot of the aircraft at the time of the accident and was completing a portion of a pilot re-certification flight. Townsend suffered apparent minor injuries mainly consisting of cuts and scrapes. He was checked by EMS at the scene and declined transport to the hospital.
Richard J. Bovey, 72, of Argyle, New York was the instructor and was a passenger in the aircraft. He suffered minor injuries including an injury to an ear. He also was checked by EMS at the scene and declined transport to the hospital.
The FAA was contacted and will be investigating the cause of the accident. The plane suffered significant damage.
Deputies Brad Hamilton, Josh Whitney and Sgt. Tim Carroll handled the case. ENCON units along with Argyle Fire and EMS were also at the scene assisting.