July 18, 2018
FROM LIVINGSTON COUNTY SHERIFF TOM DOUGHERTY:
On Friday July 13, 2018 at approximately 5:56 pm, the Livingston County Emergency Communications Center (E-911) received a call reporting a plane crash at the Geneseo airport located at 3389 Big Tree Lane in the Town of Geneseo. Sheriff’s Deputies, along with the Geneseo Fire Department, Geneseo EMS, and Livingston County EMS responded to the scene to find that a Cessna C-182 had crashed in a field off of the runway and the three people on board the plane were injured.
The preliminary investigation revealed that Timothy K. Sheffer, age 65 of Rush NY, was piloting the plane for the Civil Air Patrol. The flight included two cadets, ages 14 and 15, who were taking an orientation flight to acquaint them with the aircraft and piloting. As the plane was taking off from the runway, it began to experience difficulty ascending causing it to crash and come to rest on its top.
Sheffer and the cadets were transported to Strong Memorial Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Sheffer suffered serious injuries from the crash including a broken back, he remains hospitalized. The cadets were treated and released from the hospital with minor injuries.
Members of the Sheriff’s Office Command Staff, Criminal Investigations Division, Forensic Identification Unit, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Unit, and Patrol Division investigated the incident on scene in conjunction and coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
The cause of the crash is still under investigation.