Crash Scuttles New York’s Glenn H. Curtiss Museum 1911 Navy Flight Event

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HAMMONDSPORT, NY (AP).- A demonstration flight commemorating the centennial of the Navy acquiring its first aircraft has been canceled after a reproduction of the 1911 seaplane crashed shortly after taking off from one of New York’s Finger Lakes during a practice run, organizers said Friday. The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office said the reproduction Curtiss A-1 Triad took off from Keuka Lake around 7:35 p.m. Thursday and crashed back onto the water soon after outside Hammondsport, 55 miles southeast of Rochester. The pilot, 58-year-old Kevin House of Bath, wasn’t hurt, deputies said. The damaged plane was towed to shore. The plane was built at Hammondsport’s Glenn H. Curtiss Museum. Museum Director Trafford Doherty said the weather was clear and calm during a practice flight in preparation for Saturday’s 100th anniversary of the Navy acquiring the original seaplane. House, a retired airline pilot, was making his fi