Pilot and passenger escape plane crash near Wetaskiwin

A Red Deer pilot and his passenger escaped injury when their plane crashed in a field south of the Wetaskiwin Regional Airport Sunday night.

A Red Deer pilot and his passenger escaped injury when their plane crashed in a field south of the Wetaskiwin Regional Airport Sunday night.

The pilot was attempting to land at the Wetaskiwin air strip when the aircraft struck an unknown object. The collision caused the aircraft to spin out of control and crash land in a field south of the airport about 9:46 p.m.

The plane was destroyed except for the cabin which remained intact.

The 54-year-old Red Deer pilot, and his 42-year-old passenger from Wetaskiwin escaped the incident with only minor injuries, said Wetaskiwin RCMP Const. Scott Mercer.

The plane was making a return trip from Edmonton.

Wetaskiwin RCMP and Transport Canada are continuing their investigation. Police say weather may have been a contributing factor.