Civil Air Patrol officer assists Sky Acres plane crash victims
UNION VALE – Civil Air Patrol Lt. Col. Lawrence Mattiello was at Sky Acres Airport last Sunday when a single-engine plane came in for a landing and overturned in a small pond near the runway.
Reflecting about the incident on Wednesday, he said the engine stalled and the plane flipped over. While he feared the worst as he ran to the crash site, he saw the wing was above the water and the four occupants were getting out onto it.
He directed them to climb over the belly of the aircraft where he assisted them to land.
The French teen with a head wound, Louis Farcot-Lafond, 16, of Paris, was the first to exit the plane followed by the Lynne Maloney, 52, the mother of the 17-year-old pilot, Christopher Maloney. His dad, Michael Maloney, 52, was last to climb out. The family lives in Cohoes.
Once everyone was out, Mattiello removed the personal effects from inside the plane and he reviewed the cockpit with the fire-rescue team that responded as he is a pilot.
Mattiello credits his quick action to the training he received with the Civil Air Patrol.