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Saturday, January 29, 2022

Four people are safe after a medevac plane overshoots the runway in Sanikiluaq, Nunavut

medevac plane overshoots the runway

Key Takeaways:

  • Friday morning, Environment Canada issued a wind warning for the area.
  • On Friday morning, Keewatin Air has vowed to continue providing medevac services after one of its planes overran the runway in Sanikiluaq, Nunavut.

The Beechcraft King Air B-200 plane carried four Keewatin Aircrew members during the landing at around 6:45 a.m. ET, according to airline president Jason Kendall in an email to News.

Sanikiluaq is located in Hudson Bay on the Belcher Islands. Kendall stated that everyone onboard received medical evaluation at the local health center, but he did not provide any injuries. The injuries, according to a Nunavut RCMP spokesperson, were minor.

“Significant damage was sustained by the aircraft involved,” Kendall said. He stated that they would assess its condition in the coming days. Keewatin Air offers medical evacuation services throughout Nunavut.

runway in Sanikiluaq, Nunavut; Image from CBC News

“Keewatin Air can back up that aircraft with suitable alternate equipment immediately and will ensure that medevac service is not disrupted as a result of this incident,” Kendall said.

The TSB is deciding whether an investigation is necessary.

According to a Transportation Safety Board (TSB) spokesperson, the plane carried two crew members and two passengers, a Transportation Safety Board (TSB) spokesperson, and one person was reportedly injured. On Friday, the TSB gathered information to determine whether an investigation was necessary.

Sanikiluaq’s senior administrative officer, Ronald Ladd, who could also be reached by phone, said he had visited the site and that there had been no casualties and that everyone was safe.

According to Environment Canada, winds were 63 km/h with gusts of 73 km/h as of 7 a.m. The Nunavut RCMP confirmed in a news release that “weather conditions at the time of the incident were noted to be high winds, blowing snow, and poor visibility.”

Source: CBC News

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