A man and woman taking an aerial tour of the Ottawa region in a small biplane from 1939 got a lot more than they bargained for when the plane flipped while landing at the Rockcliffe Flying Club this afternoon.


An open-cockpit biplane from 1939 flipped upon landing at the Rockcliffe Flying Club on Sunday afternoon. (CBC)

Emergency crews responded to 1495 Rockcliffe Pkwy. at 12:41 p.m. ET Sunday, where a Waco UPF-7 had flipped, landing on its roof.

The 53-year-old pilot refused to be treated by paramedics but the two passengers on board at the time were taken to hospital.

All three managed to get out of the plane themselves before crews arrived.

A 64-year-old man was taken to hospital in stable condition with spinal injuries, paramedics said. A 66-year-old woman was transported in stable condition with an arm injury and possible spinal injuries.

Company was giving an aerial tour

Firefighters at the scene sprayed the area around the damaged plane with foam to prevent any leaking fluids from catching fire. The plane was flipped back over at about 2:20 p.m.

The Waco open-cockpit biplane, with the tag CF-LEF, is owned and operated by Central Aviation Inc., based in Alberta. Spokesman John Cummings told CBC News by phone from Wetaskiwin, Alta., that there were no injuries, to his knowledge.

Cummings would give no information on the pilot, including how long he had been flying with the company, calling such details "irrelevant."

Central Aviation uses the plane to provide aerial tours of the region. It flies out of the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, which advertises the flights on its website. 

Plane had no incidents since its purchase in 1996

Cummings said there have been no other incidents involving the biplane, which was purchased in 1996.

The company has been operating tourist flights in Ottawa without incident since 1992, he said.

The biplane rides cost anywhere from $60 per person to $160 per person. Tourists can choose to tour Parliament Hill, the Gatineau Hills, the Ottawa Valley and more.

Cummings said a damage assessment could take about two to three weeks. He wouldn't speculate on when or if the plane could fly again, but said damage sustained in incidents like this is often repairable.