Two men in their 60s were taken to the trauma centre Saturday afternoon with multiple fractures and trauma, following the crash of a light plane near the Carp Airport. The men, according to paramedics, were in serious but not life-threatening condition.
The crash occurred shortly before 2 p.m. in an empty field alongside the Carp Road, near William Mooney Road, directly across from KOTT Landscaping.
More than 10 Ottawa fire trucks responded to the crash, and the two occupants of the aircraft required extrication from the wreckage.
The crash clipped hydro wires on the way down, causing two grass fires, about 100 metres apart, after the live wires landed on a wire fence, which in turn ignited the dry grass. Firefighters extinguished the blazes shortly after 3 p.m.
One nearby resident, Bruce Burke, said he was mowing his backyard when the plane crashed, but he heard nothing. “It wasn’t until I heard all the fire sirens that I said, ‘What’s going on here?’ Then I came out front and saw all the smoke.”
By 5 p.m., a Hydro crew was working to restore power to the immediate area.
The craft was an ultralight Quad City Challenger II, a three-wheeled, two-seater with a wingspan of about 9.6 metres and a length of slightly more than six metres.
Police are investigating the cause of the crash.