Small plane crashes at Brandon airport

Emergency crews are on the runway in front of the Brandon airport after a small plane crash.

Flight diverted to Winnipeg after air strip shuttered due to crash

Emergency crews tend to the scene of a plane crash at the Brandon airport on Tuesday. (Jill Coubrough/CBC)

Two people were injured and one flight had to be diverted after a small plane crashed at the Brandon airport Tuesday afternoon.

City of Brandon officials said a small, private plane crashed at the McGill Airfield around 12 p.m.

Emergency crews rushed to the scene, where they found two people inside a small bi-plane. Both were removed and treated for minor injuries at the scene.

A WestJet Encore flight on its way to Brandon from Calgary had to be diverted to Winnipeg’s airport while crews worked to clear the air strip. The runway was cleared by about 2:45 p.m.

Yvonne Gibbons with the Brandon Flight Club could see the scene from her window and said the small craft was belly down on the tarmac after it crashed.

"Right now, the fire trucks and ambulances are out there, the city crew is out, the medics are out," she said.

Officials said the plane crashed shortly after takeoff. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is now investigating.