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West Seneca man injured in plane crash near Dunkirk

DUNKIRK – A 66-year-old West Seneca man suffered multiple injuries Thursday morning when the plane he was piloting crashed in the Town of Sheridan, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Francis Emmerling, 66, took off from the Dunkirk Airport at about 11:14 a.m. in a Cessna 162 single-engine plane.

He was the only occupant of the aircraft, which crashed about a mile from the airport into a wooded area between Newell and Middle roads. The plane had a mechanical problem upon takeoff, deputies said.

A private pilot in another plane led Deputy Kevin Link to the scene of the crash. Emmerling was transported by helicopter to Erie County Medical Center to be treated for a facial laceration and leg injuries, the sheriff’s office said.