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Small plane crash lands short of runway in Alberta with 3 aboard


No serious injuries after small plane lands short of runway in Three Hills, Alberta
No serious injuries after small plane lands short of runway in Three Hills, Alberta

Staff writers

January 29, 2013 — Three people are counting their blessings after a small plane landed short of the runway in bad weather at a small rural airport in central Alberta.

One passenger suffered minor injuries. The pilot and another passenger were not hurt.
One passenger suffered minor injuries. The pilot and another passenger were not hurt.

At around 9:15 on Tuesday morning, a small plane from La Crete, Alberta with three people aboard tried to make landing in inclement weather at Three Hills Airport. It landed short of the runway, sending one person to hospital.

RCMP say the single-engine Piper Meridian ended up on the runway with a damaged left wing and landing gear.

Three Hills RCMP, Fire and EMS were called to the scene to provide assistance. 

One passenger was transferred to a hospital after complaining of pain to his chest area. The pilot and another passenger were not hurt.

Police say the Transportation Safety Board is to investigate the cause of the crash.

Local authorities are dealing with a fuel leak from the plane which will have to be cleaned up to prevent any contamination. 


With files from The Canadian Press

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