Plane with nobody aboard crashes at Nipawin, Sask.

A plane with nobody aboard crashed in a field near Nipawin, Sask., and sure enough, nobody was hurt.

Pilot had prop-started the 2-seater seconds before

There were some red faces, but no injuries when an Aeronca Chief plane crashed at Nipawin, Sask., on Thursday. (Nipawin Fire Department)

A plane with nobody aboard crashed in a field near Nipawin, Sask., and sure enough, nobody was hurt.

It happened shortly before 6 p.m. CST Thursday at the Nipawin Airport, the RCMP said.  

An initial investigation revealed the pilot tried to “prop start” the plane by standing in front and spinning the propeller by hand.

The engine turned over, but before he could get inside the Aeronca Chief two-seater, it began moving forward on the taxiway, gaining enough speed after 10 metres to become airborne.

Police said the pilot was left behind, embarrassed but uninjured.

A little later, the plane crashed.

The Transportation Safety Board was notified but an official told CBC News that aside from noting the incident, it would not be pursuing the investigation any further.

Nipawin is about 270 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon.

There are two seats in this Aeronca Chief plane, but both were empty when it crashed in a field beside Nipawin Airport on Thursday. (Nipawin Fire Department)

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