A pilot was injured when an airplane crashed in a farmer’s field near the he airport in Okotoks, south of Calgary, on Monday evening.

The plane was travelling from Elko, B.C., with three people on board when it had fuel problems and landed safely in a field just short of the runway at about 9:20 p.m. MT.

The passengers then got out of the aircraft as the pilot made a second attempt to reach the runway. 

But the plane crashed as its landing gear clipped a chain-link fence, RCMP said.

The 31-year-old pilot was taken to hospital with undetermined injuries.

Officials from the Transportation Safety Board are investigating.


  • An earlier version of this story reported the plane was flying from Koocanusa, Mon. Actually it took off from Elko, B.C.
    Jul 02, 2013 10:50 AM MT