A strong crosswind is believed to have contributed to an "unusual" light aircraft crash at Burnie Airport that landed an experienced pilot in hospital on Saturday.
Police report the 77-year-old pilot crashed while attempting to land about 4pm after being hit by a crosswind.
The pilot contacted airport staff, who called emergency services, before extricating himself from the aircraft.
He was taken to the North West Regional Hospital with lower back soreness.
Wynyard Aero Club president David McCarthy said he believed the pilot would have been travelling at less than 40 knots at the time, limiting the risk of injury.
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"He is quite an experienced pilot and has a lot of flying under his belt which is why it is unusual for this to have occurred," he said.
"I'm not quite sure what started it, but I'd say he has lost control in the crosswind and veered off the runway."
It is the second crash at the Burnie Airport in two weeks. However, Mr McCarthy said it was not cause for concern.
"The two were caused by distinctive separate issues and flying safety isn't a problem as both of them occurred on the ground," he said. "Light aircraft are still safe to fly, there is less danger in the air than there is on the road."
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau will investigate.
Emergency services are on the scene of a light plane crash at the Burnie Airport at Wynyard.
A light plane reportedly crashed on the grass beside the runway when attempting to land about 4pm on Saturday.
The male pilot, who was the sole occupant of the plane, exited the plane after the crash and is being assessed by Ambulance Tasmania paramedics.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau have been notified and the crash will be investigated.
This is the second report of a light plane crashing while trying to land at the Burnie Airport within two weeks, after a female pilot and passenger crashed on February 9.