elstow, saskatchewanThe plane crashed near Elstow, about 45 kilometres southeast of Saskatoon.

It's a miracle that a pilot whose plane crashed in a farmer's field near Saskatoon escaped with only minor injuries, a family member says.

Daniel Eley's small plane hit a wire from a microwave tower while flying near Elstow, about 45 kilometres southeast of Saskatoon.

"The plane went in straight down and exploded," said Don Eley, Daniel's great-uncle. "It caught fire."

Eley, the only occupant, was taken to hospital but is now at home, Don Eley said.

"I went and looked this morning and it's just a miracle he got out without getting burned up," he said.

"He could have easily gotten knocked out or something like that and then he wouldn't have been able to help himself."

Instead, Eley said, his grand-nephew managed to get out of the plane quickly and received only minor chest injuries.