Plane crashes after attempting landing in Saanich field


Two people have been taken to hospital with minor injuries, after the plane they were on crashed after attempting a landing in Saanich.

Officials say the aircraft had to make an emergency landing in a rural field in Blenkinsop Valley. Witnesses say they saw a plane that was smoking and flying low near the Mount Douglas area around 9 a.m.

Saanich fire says all passengers were able to escape the aircraft.

The B.C. Ambulance Service says they responded just before 9 a.m. and that two patients were treated for minor injuries and taken to hospital.

The Join Rescue Coordination Centre says the aircraft was attempting a landing.  Investigators from the Transportation Safety Board are on their way to the scene.

Saanich fire has secured the aircraft for investigators. They say it appears that an oil leak resulted in an obstructed front windshield.

“We are glad no was was seriously hurt… it was pretty spectacular when you think what could have happened… there are lot’s of power-lines near… it’s a very small margin of error,” said assistant deputy chief Rob Heppell from Saanich fire.

The aircraft’s tail number C-GINH identifies the plane as a Cessna 172 registered to the Victoria Flying Club.

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