Small plane makes desperate landing at Pitt Meadows airport

Emergency declared just after pilot taken off in Cessna 152

  • Dec. 9, 2014 5:00 a.m.

A pilot of a small plane was injured in an emergency landing Tuesday at Pitt Meadows Regional Airport.

Airport spokesperson Ashley Hilland said the plane involved was a Cessna 152 and only one person was on board.

According to Pitt Meadows fire chief Don Jolley, the plane was just taking off at about 2:55 p.m. when the pilot decared an emergency.

“He tried to land, he couldn’t make it back to the runway.”

Instead, the pilot was able to land on the taxi way that connects the seaplane ramp on the Fraser River with the airport. Jolley added the pilot did a good job in making it to the taxi way to land the plane.

The aircraft sustained some damage and there was also a significant fuel leak. Firefighters spread absorbent material on the ground to contain the leak and keep the fuel from flowing into the river.

Jolley said the pilot was evacuated by air ambulance after passersby rescued him from the aircraft.