Cortland County Sheriff’s Office investigating Christmas Eve plane crash

The Cortland County Sheriff's Office is working with the FAA to investigate a plane crash.

The Sheriff's Office says a call came in at 5:46 PM Tuesday evening at the Cortland County Airport. According to investigators, it was a single engine plane crash and only the pilot was on-board at the time.

Investigators say the pilot had been conducting some practice take off and landings for about an hour. The pilot said he had just completed a landing and was taking off again when he lost control of the plane.

We're told the plane left the runway, struck a snowbank and overturned onto its roof. The pilot was able to make it out of the plane on his own and has taken to a nearby hospital for a cut to the head. He is expected to be okay. Investigators are not naming him at this time.

The plane is a 1966 Cherokee. It appears to be a total loss.

The airport runway was closed for about 3 1/2 hours until the plane could be removed.