07/02/2013 10:22 EDT | Updated 09/01/2013 05:12 EDT

Pilot makes ill-fated attempt to get stranded plane to small Alberta airport

OKOTOKS, Alta. - The pilot of a small plane is in hospital after crashing during an attempt to get the aircraft off a farmer's field and onto a runway south of Calgary.

RCMP say a plane with three people on board experienced fuel problems Monday evening and came down safely in a field near the Okotoks (OH'-kuh-tohks) airport on a flight from Koocanusa in southern B.C.

Two people and some dogs got out of the plane before the pilot tried to take off and land at Okotoks.

During the attempt, the landing gear clipped a chain-link fence and the plane crashed short of the runway.

The 31-year-old pilot suffered undetermined injuries.

The Transportation Safety Board is investigating.