Plane crashes at Abbotsford International Airshow

A small plane crashed as the Abbotsford International Airshow was winding down Saturday afternoon.

Show organizers said the aircraft — a 1930s vintage de Havilland Dragon Rapide biplane — was being operated by a flight museum that was taking part in the event, offering flights for its members, when it failed to lift properly from the runway.

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“The aircraft experienced difficulties on the airfield,” said organizers in a statement. “Many emergency responders already on the field for the Airshow responded immediately.”

A pilot and four passengers were onboard when the plane crashed at about 5:30 p.m.

Abbotsford police said three of those taken to hospital had non-life-threatening injuries, one was in serious condition and one was critical.

The Transportation Safety Board is conducting an investigation.

The airport said it expected to reopen at 9 p.m. Saturday.

The air show, which takes place at the airport, is expected to wrap up on Sunday.

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