A pilot was injured when his small plane crashed on takeoff north of Lake Superior Thursday and came to rest blocking part of the Trans-Canada Highway.

The incident happened at Marathon around 12:30 p.m. ET, when the plane was trying to take off from Marathon Airport, Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Randy Bye said.


The Marathon Airport is located next to the highway. ((Google Earth))

Police said the pilot was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A passenger was also hospitalized for observation.

"An aircraft tried to leave the runway and struck a fence and ended up crashing in the ditch area," Bye said, noting that the tail section of the plane landed in the westbound lane of Highway 17.

One lane of the highway was opened around 2 p.m. and police said the highway would fully reopen when a tow-truck hauled the damaged aircraft away.

The plane was heading from North Bay, Ont., to Winnipeg.