A light plane crashed on take-off at Queenstown Airport this morning.

Four people were on the Cessna 177 plane, including the pilot.

One has been taken to hospital with minor injuries, police said.

An airport spokeswoman confirmed the Cessna made an emergency landing at Queenstown Airport off Runway 5.

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"It appears that after taking off the aircraft experienced engine failure.

"A pilot and three passengers were on board. The front seat passenger has suffered an ankle injury and has been taken to hospital. The others are uninjured."

Airport communications manager Jen Andrews said all flights were on hold.

"The airport's emergency response plan was immediately activated and Rescue Fire service is at the scene and the ambulance is on its way."

"Inbound flights have been diverted while the police undertake an assessment of the scene and the aircraft is removed from the airfield," the airport said.

"The airport's Emergency Operations Centre has been activated and the team is working closely with all agencies involved to manage the response, flight delays and any impacts on the airfield."

The Civil Aviation Authority has been notified

Details of the operator were not available.

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It was understood four people were on the plane. Photo / MAURO RAMIREZ ANDAUR
It was understood four people were on the plane. Photo / MAURO RAMIREZ ANDAUR

Police said the crash happened at 8.51am.

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