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Small biplane crashes near airport

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BRANDON -- The runway at Brandon Municipal Field was closed and a WestJet Encore flight was diverted to Winnipeg after a biplane crashed at the Brandon Municipal Airport early this afternoon.

A Boeing PT-27 Stearman biplane crashed on the runway at the airport shortly after noon today. One person was taken away from the crash site on a stretcher.

A source on the ground told the Brandon Sun that one passenger may be in critical condition and a second occupant sustained minor injuries in the crash. However, the City of Brandon says in a press release the aircraft was carrying two occupants and emergency personnel treated both individuals for minor injuries.

In the release, the city's communications director Allison Collins says the bi-plane crashed shortly after take-off from the airport runway.

Following the crash, a WestJet Encore flight originating from Calgary and bound for Brandon was diverted to the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport and is currently on standby there.

Passengers bound for Calgary on WestJet Encore's Calgary-bound flight are also on standby at the Brandon airport.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada has already cleared airport staff to begin clearing the runway. Collins said the Transportation Safety Board of Canada will conduct an investigation into the crash.

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