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Plane has rough landing in Montreal suburb

LONGUEUIL, Que. - A young woman pilot who had a rough landing in the backyard of a house near Montreal today escaped with minor injuries.

First responders on the scene say the plane managed to avoid hydroelectric wires and the house before crashing in the backyard.

Jean-Guy Ranger, a spokesman for the Longueuil fire department, says the single-engine Cessna hit a gazebo and a spa in the backyard of the home, which is located in a residential area of the St-Hubert district of Longueuil.

Ranger says the pilot, who was alone in the aircraft, was taken to hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The plane went down not far from nearby St-Hubert airport, where there are several flying schools.

Police, firefighters and ambulances responded to the scene.

The pilot was waiting for them when they arrived.

"The young pilot had already gotten out of the plane with minor injuries," Ranger said. "She was transported to hospital and we do not fear for her life."

Nobody else received any injuries in the incident late Saturday afternoon.

Firefighters used foam as a precaution to prevent any blaze from fuel that leaked from the damaged plane.

No cause for the Saturday crash has been determined.

Officials from the Transportation Safety Board were to conduct an investigation into the crash, Ranger said.

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