Airplane pops two tires upon landing in Wollaston Lake
By Arthur White-Crummey - August 17, 2017
Chief Bart Tsannie of the Hatchet Lake First Nation was waiting to catch a flight to Prince Albert when he noticed something was wrong.
It was Wednesday afternoon. He saw his plane come in to make a landing in the Wollaston Lake airport. It touched down on the landing strip at 4:02 p.m.
“When the plane landed,” he said, “we could see smoke coming down from the side when it hit the airport. It blew both tires on the right side.”
Transwest Air confirmed that Flight 502 got two flat tires upon landing at Wollaston Lake that afternoon. It stayed put until 10:18 p.m. while crews worked to repair the aircraft, before continuing on to Saskatoon.
“Transwest Air flight and ground crews followed proper procedures and safely completed the landing,” the airline told the Daily Herald in a statement. “All passengers were deplaned while the aircraft remained disabled on the runway.”
Dustin Link, a corporate services representative with the airline, said that no one was injured during the incident. Transwest dispatched a maintenance flight to Wollaston with certified engineers and replacement parts, he added.
Link said the company’s safety management team continues to investigate to determine the cause of the flat tires.
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- Location: On final so get off the damn runway!
I don't remember the incline but it feels really strange flaring going uphill with only 5000' of gravel (loosely paved) runway to stop on, keeping in mind you arent flying a Caravan or Twin Otter. Generally once the wheels are down its a non event as long as you are on speed and hit the TDZ.
Now do it at night, over a pitch black lake, in a snowstorm, on an offset NDB approach, with an icy runway.
Good times all around.