Wheeling-Bound Pilot Makes Emergency Landing in Pa.

UNIONTOWN, Pa. — A pilot who escaped from his plane with minor injuries Monday evening was on a flight from Martinsburg, W.Va. to Wheeling, according to Federal Aviation Administration officials.

The pilot, Csaba Ladislao Magassy, of McLean, Va., contacted the FAA when the engine of his Cessna C210 failed. Officials directed him to a field in Ohiopyle, Pa. along Kentuck Road, where he attempted to make an emergency landing, but crashed at about 4:50 p.m. Monday.

Officials transported him to the hospital with a minor leg injury. The plane caught fire after the pilot escaped, and the plane was destroyed. He was the only person on board.

The Cessna took off from eastern West Virginia Regional Airport/Shepherd Field in Martinsburg and was headed to Wheeling Ohio County Airport, according to the FAA.

Magassy’s airmen certificate on the FAA database shows he holds a commercial pilot license. He was issued a second-class medical certificate in July 2017.

Administration spokeswoman Arlene Salac said medical certificates are generally valid for a minimum of 12 months. She referenced a privacy act, noting his expiration date cannot be released publicly without written permission from the pilot. The status of his pilot’s certification will be determined during the administration’s investigation, she said.

The FAA is continuing its investigation. The National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause of the accident, officials said.