The plane was leaving the airport when it suffered engine trouble, said Cst. Richard Lausman, who was at the scene of the crash.
The pilot tried but failed to land at the airport and took the aircraft down in a field.
Lausman said an adult father and son were on board the plane. He could not say if they were from the Vernon area.
He said neither man suffered serious injuries.
A City of Vernon release stated the two-seater aircraft was 300 feet in the air when it experienced mechanical difficulties shortly after takeoff around 3:30 p.m.
The plane sustained damage to the landing gear and one wing upon landing.
One person suffered minor injuries.
A small plane had to make an emergency landing near the Vernon Airport Wednesday afternoon.
The plane landed in a field north of Tronson Road about 3 p.m.
The pilot was taken to the hospital in an ambulance after he hit his head in the landing, but was walking on his own before he was taken away.
A passenger in the plane reportedly walked away unscathed.
A fire department official on scene said the plane had tried to land on a nearby road, but vehicles forced the pilot to land in the field instead.
Transport Canada and the Transportation Safety Board have been notified of Wednesday afternoon's crash of a light plane in a field north of Tronson Road.
“Both agencies were notified immediately after the accident,” said Patti Bridal, a city spokesperson. “It is up to them if they want to investigate.”
Both men in the two-seater aircraft, a father and son, were able to escape with only minor injuries.
A City of Vernon release stated the plane was 300 feet in the air when it experienced mechanical difficulties shortly after takeoff from Vernon Airport, about 3:30 p.m.
An RCMP officer at the scene said the pilot blamed the accident on engine failure.
"We are aware of the accident and are gathering information, but we did not deploy (to the area)," said Roxanne Daoust, spokesperson for the TSB. "We will use the information."
An airport spokesperson said the pilot of the downed craft was experienced and able to bring the plane down without loss of life.
Vernon — Two people have managed to escape without injury after a crash landing in a field north of Vernon’s airport.
Vernon’s fire captain, Chris Robinson, says the private plane took off around 3:00 p.m. and experienced an engine failure shortly after.
“The pilot landed in the field just next to the airport. There was just a bit of damage to the plane,” says Robinson.
The City of Vernon says the plane sustained damage to the landing gear and wing.
Cpl. Spencer Hornoi with the Vernon/North Okanagan RCMP says the pilot and passenger did not require emergency services.
A small plane with two people on board crashed in a field directly across from the Vernon Regional Airport Wednesday afternoon.
In a news release, the City of Vernon states the plane took off from the Vernon Regional Airport shortly after 3:30 p.m.
The plane climbed to approximately 300 feet before experiencing mechanical difficulties, and the pilot was unable to return to the runway.
The pilot made a forced landing in a field north of the airport west of Scott Road.
The two people in the plane suffered minor injuries with one of them taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital for precaution.
The airplane suffered damage to the landing gear and wing.