05/06/2012 03:58 EDT | Updated 07/06/2012 05:12 EDT

Pilot suffers minor injuries after small plane crash

Officials say the pilot of a small plane is fortunate to have only minor injuries after a small plane crashed at the Pitt Meadows Airport Sunday morning.

Assistant fire chief Brad Perrie said the crash happened just before 8 a.m. PT.

"The plane burst into flames on contact with the ground and crews arrived to find the plane fully involved but the pilot was out of the aircraft," Perrie said.

"He did have some injuries, was treated by firefighters and then paramedics at the scene and then the decision was made to airlift him by air ambulance to Royal Columbian [Hospital]."

Perrie said the pilot was the only person on board the plane. He said it appears the pilot was not seriously injured.

"I don't know the full extent of his injuries but I do know that ... he was conscious when he left and he was complaining of back injuries, back pain, and he did have some minor burns."

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is investigating.