Monday, January 4, 2016

Swearingen SW Metroliner, Carson Air: Incident occurred January 04, 2016 at Regina International Airport (CYQR), Saskatchewan, Canada

No one was injured when a cargo plane left a runway at Regina International Airport on Monday night.

Two people were on board the plane — a Metroliner cargo aircraft operated by Kelowna-based Carson Air — when its takeoff was aborted at approximately 5:30 p.m., said Regina Airport Authority president and CEO Dick Graham. 

Graham said he was unsure why the pilot chose to abort the takeoff. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada will conduct an investigation.

Carson Air did not respond immediately to requests for comment.

The plane ended up sitting about 70 feet off the airport’s shorter runway, Graham said, adding that the process of moving the plane from the grass to the runway can take some time because the plane could be caught in ruts.

“Under normal circumstances, this time of year, we’d have a lot more snow than we do. It’s probably a little easier this year than years previous,” Graham said, adding that there was no indication runway conditions had anything to do with the plane leaving the runway.

The airport’s main runway was unaffected.

Graham said the plane looked to have sustained “some small damage, but not significant.”


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