Yukon pilot walks away from crash near Watson Lake

The RCMP say a single engine float plane crashed a short distance from Quartz Lake northeast of Watson Lake.

A Watson Lake resident was able to walk away, after the plane he was piloting crashed.

Watson Lake RCMP say the unidentified man escaped with only minor injuries after the plane crashed, near Quartz Lake, northeast of the community.

Sgt. Cam Lockwood says police received a report Friday afternoon of an aircraft emergency locator transmitter being activated at Quartz Lake.  It was followed by a personal emergency locator beacon.

RCMP and Trans North Helicopters went to the coordinates indicated by the beacons to begin a search and rescue.

Lockwood says the aircraft was found near the lake. The pilot was the lone occupant of the Piper single engine float plane.  He was located nearby and able to walk to the helicopter.

Lockwood says the pilot was treated for minor injuries at Watson Lake Hospital and released.

He says the aircraft had just taken off from Quartz Lake when its engine failed.  

Transport Canada is investigating the crash.