A light plane has crashed in Melbourne’s southeast shortly after takeoff, injuring the pilot on-board.

Melissa Iaria

A pilot has been injured after his light plane crashed shortly after takeoff in Melbourne’s southeast.

Police believe the Piper PA-32 aircraft crashed into trees at Heatherton, about a kilometre north of Moorabbin Airport, shortly after taking off from there just past noon on Tuesday.

The pilot, the only person on board the aircraft, was taken by road to The Alfred Hospital in a stable condition, Ambulance Victoria said.

The man in his 50s had what appeared to be minor upper and lower body injuries.

Police and emergency services attended the scene.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has began investigating the crash.

The bureau sent safety investigators from its Melbourne and Canberra offices, who are experts in aircraft operations, engineering and maintenance, to the accident site, an ATSB spokesman said on Tuesday.

The investigators will examine the aircraft wreckage and surrounding site, trying to recover any relevant parts for detailed examination.

Any available recorded data, pilot and maintenance records and interviews with those involved will also be analysed.

A report will be published once the investigation is concluded.

Anyone who may have seen the aircraft in any phase of its flight, or who may have CCTV or dashcam footage, is asked to make contact via the witness form on the atsb.gov.au website, or by phoning the witness hotline – 1800 992 986.