Small plane overshoots Altona runway 0
The Piper aircraft had been coming from the west when it touched down on the grass - then kept heading west, right into a drainage ditch at the far west end of the runway. (HANDOUT)
Altona RCMP along with the local fire and EMS and the assistance of the Altona Police Service responded to a call of a plane crash at the Altona Airport in the RM of Rhineland yesterday (August 20) shortly after 8:30 pm,
RCMP learned that a Piper aircraft was traveling west bound and had attempted to land on a grass landing strip located at the airport.
The plane continued traveling west after touching down on the landing strip and came to an abrupt stop in a drainage ditch on the far west end of the runway.
The pilot, a 70-year-old Altona man, and a 65-year-old male passenger from Altona were taken to the local hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Alcohol is not considered a factor.
RCMP continue to investigate in collaboration with the Transportation Safety Board.