Caley Ramsay – GlobalNews.ca

One person was taken to hospital with serious injuries after a plane crash at a rural Alberta airport on Monday.

At about 11 a.m., Westlock RCMP responded to the plane crash at a hangar at the Westlock Regional Airport on Westlock County north of Edmonton.

Police said a pilot was practicing high-speed taxis, heading east and west on the runway. During one westbound attempt, RCMP said the plane caught air, which resulted in the nose of the plane going into the hangar.

The 78-year-old male pilot, from Victoria, B.C., was the only person in the plane at the time. He was taken by ground ambulance to an Edmonton-area hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.

No one else was injured in the crash.

Pictures from the scene show the plane crashed into the top of the hangar. A truck inside the hangar was extensively damaged.

RCMP said property damage to the ultralight aircraft and hangar are being assessed.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada said it is aware of the crash. Investigators are gathering information remotely and next steps will be determined once that information is gathered.

The airport is located just east of Westlock, Alta., which is about 80 kilometres north of Edmonton.

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