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Two injured after small plane crashes in West Kootenay parking lot

Last Updated Aug 3, 2020 at 5:01 pm PDT

(Courtesy facebook.com/nelsonfirerescue)

A small plane crashed in a grocery store parking lot in Nelson Monday morning

A man and a woman have been taken to hospital with minor injuries

NELSON – A man and woman were taken to hospital with minor injures after a plane crashed in a Real Canadian Wholesale Club parking lot in Nelson.

Capt. Marc Thibault with Nelson Fire Rescue, tells NEWS 1130 crews attended to calls Monday morning reporting a two-seater plane had been blown off course.

“They were coming in for a landing — and from what bystanders told us — wind shifted, and suddenly they were over there,” Thibault says.

In a release posted to the crew’s Facebook page, Chief Michael Daloise says the plane left the airport’s runway and crashed through a fence before coming to a rest in the parking lot of the grocery store.

“The plane made minor contact with a parked car just before stopping. Fortunately at the time of the incident, traffic was minimal on the road and in the parking lot.”

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The man and woman in the crash were able to get out of the plane and were checked out by paramedics.

He says the plane was leaking fuel, which crews managed to contain.

“The left-wing tank was damaged and crews worked to contain the leaking fuel by using absorbents. Crews also used the absorbent to prevent the fuel from flowing into the storm drain. The high temperatures and wind helped the aviation fuel evaporate quickly and limited the risk of fire.”

Daloise adds the department responded previously to calls for crashed airplanes, but this is the first time he’s responded to one outside of the airport’s property.

The Transportation Safety Board and the Nelson Police Department are investigating.

– With files from Paul James