8 injured in plane crash near Thompson, Manitoba

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 06:36 GMT, Sep 16, 2015 |

Eight people have been injured after the plane they were in crashed near Thompson, Man., on Tuesday evening.

The federal Transportation Safety Board has confirmed that a Piper PA-31 Navajo aircraft, operated by Keystone Air Service, crashed shortly after takeoff from the northern Manitoba city’s airport.

A TSB spokesperson said the flight crew reported having problems not long after departing. The two pilots tried to turn back toward the airport, but the aircraft crashed just over three kilometres away.

An RCMP spokesperson told CBC News the plane crashed into some trees on approach to the airport, near the Burntwood River, at around 7 p.m. CT.

Emergency crews went to the scene, but no major injuries were reported, according to police.

The Transportation Safety Board said in addition to the two pilots, six passengers were on board the flight. They were all transported to hospitals with varying injuries.

The safety board will be sending a crew to Thompson to investigate the crash.