The investigation into a plane crash at the Penn Yan Airport is expected to continue Monday.
The Yates County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday it had notified the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board, and that the runway remained closed.
The pilot, Steven P. Seely, 55, of Stanley, Ontario County, was found dead in his plane after the crash.
Seely was practicing takeoffs and landings in an older single-engine Cessna, according to the Sheriff’s Office. He was heading south on the runway when the plane veered off to the east, striking the ground hard with its nose.
The plane spun around and came to rest with its tail against the airport fence and trees about 100 yards from the runway.
Investigators have not yet determined what caused the crash.
Seely was a member of the Penn Yan Flying Club, but owned his own plane and kept it at the airport, the Sheriff’s Office said. He had a student pilot license.
Emergency responders found Seely dead inside the plane, strapped into his seat, the Sheriff’s Office said. Yates County Coroner Steve Culver pronounced him dead at the scene.
A caller from the adjacent Lakeside Country Club alerted Yates County 911 to the crash around 11:38 a.m. on Sunday. The airport is in the town of Milo, just south of the village of Penn Yan.
Seely was the owner of Seely Engine Machine business in Ontario County. A fire damaged the shop in January, according to news reports.