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Plane lost power in crash

UPDATE: 4:55 p.m.

RCMP in Salmon Arm said the single-engine Cessna that crashed at the edge of the runway at the airport lost power on final approach.

"The pilot reported the engine stopped," said Scott West, Staff Sgt. with Salmon Arm RCMP. "As a result of the lack of power the plane crash landed at the north end of the runway just short of the asphalt."

The owner and pilot of the Cessna aircraft, a 71-year-old man from Alberta and his wife a 73-year-old, were on board the aircraft. Both suffered what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries but had to be treated in interior hospitals, West said.

UPDATE: 2:45 p.m.

A small plane has crashed short of the runway at the airport in Salmon Arm, B.C., injuring two occupants on board.

Salmon Arm Fire Chief Brad Shirley says the plane sustained significant damage in the crash on Tuesday.

He says a man and woman aboard had non-life-threatening injuries, but one of them was taken to hospital by air ambulance.

Shirley says there was no fire after the crash and the plane may have run out of fuel, although that was unconfirmed.

He says the potential cause will be determined as part of an investigation.

– The Canadian Press

UPDATE: 2:09 p.m.

BC Emergency Health Services confirms that they responded to the plane crash site in Salmon Arm just before 9 a.m. Tuesday.

"We received a call for a plane crash at 8:59 this morning at the Salmon Arm Airport," a spokesperson for BCEHS said.

Two ambulances were dispatched and an air ambulance was also launched.

Paramedics cared for two patients. One was transported in stable condition to the hospital by regular ambulance and the second patient was airlifted to hospital in serious condition, the spokesperson said.

UPDATE: 1:16 p.m.

Two people were injured when the plane the pilot was attempting to land crashed short of the runway in Salmon Arm Tuesday morning.

"The TSB was notified that this morning a privately registered Cessna 177 landed short of the runway at Salmon Arm," said Chris Krepski, spokesperson for the Transportation Safety Board.

"There were two people aboard the aircraft who were injured and the aircraft sustained substantial damage."

The TSB is following up but we won't be deploying investigators to the site, Krepski added. 

ORIGNAL: 10:22 a.m.

A small plane has crashed at the northern end of the runway at the airport in Salmon Arm.

There were reports of minor injuries.

One witness near the scene said it appeared the plane was nose-down at the end of the runway.

We will update the story once details are confirmed by Salmon Arm RCMP.

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