09/25/2013 10:31 EDT | Updated 11/25/2013 05:12 EST

Fort Nelson Plane Crash: Pilot Escapes Fiery Accident

FORT NELSON, B.C. - An unidentified pilot has been treated for minor injuries and released from hospital after making a fiery landing in the northeastern British Columbia community of Fort Nelson, say police.

RCMP Const. Lesley Smith said Wednesday the incident took place in an industrial area of the community, which is located about 816 kilometres north of Prince George, B.C.

She said the pilot was the only person aboard the plane and nobody on the ground was injured.

Dustin Roscoe, 22, who works in an equipment-rental store, said that just after 4 p.m. he heard a popping noise as the plane clipped a cable on a power pole and then touched down on the street less than 20 metres from his business.

"It was already on fire when it touched down, and right, as soon as it hit the ground, it got a hell of a lot worse," said Roscoe.

He said the plane then slid down the road, which boasts a long, straight stretch of pavement, stopping near two other local businesses.

"It came to a grinding stop, didn't bump, didn't bounce," said Roscoe, noting the pilot then pulled himself from the wreckage and was helped by employees of local businesses.

By that point the plane was fully engulfed, said Roscoe.

Julie Leroux of the Transportation Safety Board said the plane was "amateur built," and officials suspect engine failure and an engine fire are behind the incident.

She said the agency will not be sending investigators to the scene or writing a final report on the matter. (CKNW, The Canadian Press)

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