Three people on board a small plane escaped serious injury when the aircraft crash-landed while approaching a small Alberta runway, as biting temperatures and howling winds blasted the province.

The plane crashed in inclement weather on Tuesday morning, as it approached the airport at Three Hills in southern Alberta, Mounties said.

"The plane landed short of the runway coming to rest on the runway, damaging the landing gear and left wing of the aircraft," said Three Hills RCMP Const. Seth Adair.

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    No one was critically injured after a small plane crash landed while approaching a runway at the Three Hills Airport Tuesday morning. (RCMP Handout)

  • Three Hills Plane Crash

    No one was critically injured after a small plane crash landed while approaching a runway at the Three Hills Airport Tuesday morning. (RCMP Handout)

  • Three Hills Plane Crash

    No one was critically injured after a small plane crash landed while approaching a runway at the Three Hills Airport Tuesday morning. (RCMP Handout)

  • Three Hills Plane Crash

    No one was critically injured after a small plane crash landed while approaching a runway at the Three Hills Airport Tuesday morning. (RCMP Handout)

"A passenger on board received minor injuries and the pilot, and another passenger, were not injured."

The injured passenger was taken to Three Hills suffering from chest pains and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada is investigating the crash.

It's been a tough week for Alberta's flying community as a helicopter crash in a northern Alberta forest killed the pilot on Sunday night, and as flyers mourn the loss of a three-person crew from Calgary's Kenn Borek Air, who were killed when their Twin Otter crashed while flying over Antarctic late last week.

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