Student pilot crashes Cessna at Kelowna airport

A student pilot has been taken to hospital after he crashed a Cessna plane at Kelowna International Airport during a training flight.

Student pilot taken to hospital

A student pilot lost control of his Cessna while attempting a touch and go maneuver, crashing into a creek about 400 metres from the runway. (Brady Strachan/CBC)

A student pilot has been taken to hospital after he crashed a Cessna plane at Kelowna International Airport during a training flight.

According to officials, the pilot was attempting what's known as a touch and go manoeuvre, which involves briefly touching down on the runway and lifting off again.

Emergency response crews are using a special boom to capture any oil and gas that may be leaking from the plane. Officials estimate about five gallons were spilled into the creek. (Brady Strachan/CBC)

During the attempt, the pilot lost control and the plane ended up in a creek about 400 metres from the runway.

The pilot was able to walk away from the crash, but has been taken to hospital.

Emergency crews are now assessing any potential environmental damage to the creek. They estimate that about five gallons of fuel spilled into the water.

With files from Brady Strachan

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