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First Air 727 Skids Off Runway In YFB  
User currently offlineXNV From Canada, joined Jan 2000, 142 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2839 times:

On Friday a First Air 727 skidded off the runway in YFB - Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada.

I read a news story on-line about it but can't find the story any more. Apparently the plane was landing in high crosswind conditions, the plane skidded off the runway and everyone evacuated. No one was hurt.

You can see the picture at:
http://www.nunanet.com/discus/messages/28/565.jpg

I heard that the plane was not seriously damaged - just blew a couple of tires. By looking at the photo it would appear that there might be some landing gear damage. The aircraft is angled quite sharply to the left and the left wing is barely off the ground.

Does anyone have any more info on this?

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User currently offlineAirCanadaMan From Canada, joined Feb 2000, 465 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2793 times:

I can tell you that First Air has done this before!
In December 1998 a HS748 skidded off at YFB. But if you ask me it serves them right! There planes arent maintained that well.When NWT Air had them they were fine, now the are horrid! They'll probably have it back in service soon, knowing them!
I'll ask some of my friends at First Air about it.


User currently offlineAirCanadaMan From Canada, joined Feb 2000, 465 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2792 times:

I can tell you that First Air has done this before!
In December 1998 a HS748 skidded off at YFB. But if you ask me it serves them right! There planes arent maintained that well.When NWT Air had them they were fine, now the are horrid! They'll probably have it back in service soon, knowing them!
I'll ask some of my friends at First Air about it.


User currently offlineXNV From Canada, joined Jan 2000, 142 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2788 times:

I remember when the 748 crashed - it actually went off the end of the runway on take-off and was wrecked. 6 passengers on board if I remember correctly, no one was hurt that time either. I think it was attributed to a weight and balance problem.

As well last summer First Air bent up one of its twin otter's on take off. They were taking off or high speed taxiing on floats and caught the wing. They had to fly in another wing to the lake and replace it, swap the engine, then ferry it back to have it permanently repaired.

They also were fined $110,000 for transporting dangerous goods on passenger aircraft a couple of years ago.

Someone told me the other day that First Air's safety rating was worse than many African airlines. I find that somewhat funny and somewhat scarry.

Don't even get me started on the good old NWT Air days. 38 years of flying on floats, DC-3's, Electras, 737's, and the worst thing that happened was a forklift driver put a hole in the fuselage of a 737. That was really a great company.


User currently offlineNicolaki From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2780 times:

I can't find the story anymore on the papers websites, but this is what i read in 'The gazette' 2 days ago. The aircraft was on approach to Iqaluit, the weather condition was snow on the runway and strong winds (pretty usual weather for this area in the north) but upon landing the 727 blew up the two right rear tires. No one injured, 46 (56?) passengers on board.

Nicolas Bourbillon
Montreal, Canada


User currently offlineAirCanadaMan From Canada, joined Feb 2000, 465 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2770 times:

Ah good another NWT Air Fan!! Its a shame such a bad airline tookover such a good one. I remember flying out of YZF and always loved the NWT air part of the journey, I had so much respect for them, I even remeber their huge 30 year bash, ah the good ol' days, the 737's and I even remember the electras. Their planes were so much better, First Air treats them like dirt. This summer a Twin Otter punctured its floats in Yellowknife Bay, they had to fly it back to the lake outside the airport, apparently the thing was dripping water from its floats the whole time. When it landed I remeber it leaning to one side and the crane having one hell of a time to get it out.

PS, Got any good pictures of NWT Air?


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