Authorities in upstate New York are investigating the crash of a small, single engine airplane.

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office says the pilot, 70-year-old Mark T. Daniels of Newton, N.J., was not injured in the accident which happened at about 5:30 p.m. at the Klein Kill Airport in Ghent. A passenger, 73-year-old Richard Aaron of Sussex, N.J., was treated for shoulder pain.

Authorities say the Lightning LS-1 kit plane crashed while attempting to take off from the airport.

Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the cause of the crash.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)