Transportation Safety Board investigating after plane crashes near Fort Saskatchewan

A "small ultralight" plane crashed at the Warren Thomas (Josephburg) Aerodrome on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. Eric Beck / Global News

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada has been called to investigate after a “small ultralight” plane went down at the Warren Thomas (Josephburg) Aerodrome on Saturday afternoon.

RCMP said while there were no fatalities reported EMS, as well as fire services, also responded to the plane crash after a 911 call was made at 2:41 p.m.

Strathcona County Fire Chief Commissioner Darrell Reid said on social media Saturday that one person was taken to hospital and another was assessed by crews on scene.

RCMP said the pilot was uninjured and the single passenger of the plane was the one who had to be taken to hospital.

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RCMP said that the plane was “in the process of taking off,” and due to an unknown issue, experienced an “unplanned hard landing in a field in the area of the airport.”

Police said that the Transportation Board of Canada has been notified of the crash and will investigate but not attend the scene. The airport will be closed until notification from Transport Canada.

Just before 5 p.m., police said the crash site had been cleared.

The Warren Thomas (Josephburg) Aerodrome is located just north of the hamlet of Josephburg, around 12 kilometres east of Fort Saskatchewan, Alta.

The Warren Thomas (Josephburg) Aerodrome. Global News

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