A woman is in critical condition after a small aircraft crashed north of the Duncan Airport.
The North Cowichan RCMP says officers called to the incident this afternoon arrived to find the plane had taken out several power lines in the crash.
A male and female were aboard the plane, and Mounties say the male passenger was able to get out, but the female was trapped inside for some time.
Bill Yearwood with the Transportation Safety Board says the people aboard the Cessna 172 were a flying student and instructor.
“Our information is at this time they’re alive; we don’t know their condition, but of course hope they’re okay.”
Yearwood says the aircraft is owned by the Victoria Flying Club.
Police and first responders were held back from the crash site for some time, until BC Hydro could ensure the area was safe from electrical danger.
The Duncan Airport remains closed.
There’s no details as to what caused the crash but smoke could be seen billowing into the sky.