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Canandaigua pilot in LeRoy plane crash was flying without required medical certification

A six-passenger plane crashed in Genesee County Sunday, and the pilot was flying without the required medical certification.

John Yates, 48, was taking off at the LeRoy Airport Sunday night when his plane crashed.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), along with a flying license, all pilots must be cleared by a doctor to fly an airplane — something Yates failed to renew.

The FAA website shows Yates’ last medical clearance was in December 2016, and FAA rules state that pilots over 40 years old must recertify every two years — his clearance expired last December.

Monday morning, the FAA, along with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) we’re back at the scene of the crash investigating.

Their jobs are to find out if the pilot and airplane was in compliance with the regulations.


Canandaigua family reportedly involved in plane crash on Sunday

A Canandaigua family was involved in the plane crash, which resulted in four people being hurt Sunday afternoon at the LeRoy Airport.

The crash happened around 3:05 p.m. when 48-year-old John Yates, of Canandaigua was trying to take off from the airport. His wife and two children were also on-board at the time.



According to the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department, the plane failed to take off. It then crash-landed into an earth embankment near the Le Roy Airport. The plane sustained extensive damage to the underbody but remained upright, all four occupants inside were able to get out.

Everyone was taken by ambulance to Strong Memorial Hospital for evaluation.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating.


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