Pilot seriously injured after small plane crashes in eastern Alberta Sunday

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A 65-year-old pilot was seriously injured in a plane crash in eastern Alberta on Sunday.

Just before 8 p.m., Vermilion RCMP received a report of a small plane that crash landed in a slough near Highway 640 between Range Road 45 and Range Road 50 near Heinsburg, Alta.

When emergency services arrived, they located a small, single engine Cessna plane with the pilot, a 65-year-old man from Candonald, Alta., injured and trapped in the plane. The man was able to be extricated and taken to a nearby hospital before being airlifted by STARS air ambulance to an Edmonton hospital for further treatment of serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

Police believe the pilot attempted to land on a private airstrip when the aircraft’s wing hit a tree during the descent. The plane’s wing and body were damaged in the crash.

The Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the crash.

Heinsburg is approximately 232 kilometres northeast of Edmonton.

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