Air Canada flight makes emergency landing at Edmonton airport, TSB investigates

A passenger who was on an Air Canada Express flight that made an emergency landing in Edmonton knew something was wrong when he heard an explosion as the plane took off from Calgary.

EDMONTON — A passenger who was on an Air Canada Express flight that made an emergency landing in Edmonton knew something was wrong when he heard an explosion as the plane took off from Calgary.

“There was a loud explosion and then we took off and it was like bump, bump, bump,” Ron Prochner said Friday.

As the Q400 turboprop climbed Thursday night en route to Grande Prairie. Alta., the pilot told the 71 passengers and three other crew that they had blown a tire, but he could still land the aircraft.

The flight was diverted to Edmonton because officials felt conditions were safer there. Prochner said people calmed down until the pilot started his approach into Edmonton International Airport.

As the plane descended to the runway passengers and crews braced for impact. When it touched down he said the landing gear on one side of the plane collapsed.

“There were sparks. I remember smoke. I remember the horrible smell like gasoline and oil burning,” he said.

“A lot of people were really terrified. I know the young lady sitting beside me was scared. I wasn’t scared until I looked at her. It was very frightening.”

As the plane skidded across the runway something started to smash into the fuselage, Prochner said.

“There were some people that were injured from debris hitting the side of the plane. I think there was some flying glass. One fellow had a cut neck.”

When the plane finally came to a halt some passengers whistled and hollered. Others tried to grab their carry-on luggage.

Prochner said the flight attendants calmed people down and directed them out of the damaged plane.

He said all of the passengers were out on the runway in about one minute as emergency vehicles surrounded the aircraft.

“That is where the flight crew did a very good job of just telling people to just leave that stuff and just get off of the plane.”

Jazz Aviation LP said in a statement that four passengers on Flight 8481 were sent to hospital for treatment. Three were later released. One person remained in hospital Friday for observation.

Preliminary Transport Canada reports say the plane blew a tire as it took off from Calgary and debris from the tire forced the closure of a runway for 50 minutes. Another report says the plane was diverted to Edmonton, where its right main landing gear collapsed.

Transportation Safety Board spokesman Chris Krepski said three investigators were at the airport. He said they would be interviewing the flight crew and air traffic controllers Friday.

“Our investigators are continuing to work on it and gather information, interview witnesses, examine the aircraft,” he said from Gatineau, Que.

Pictures of the damaged plane on the airport tarmac appear to show the propeller blades on one of the engines missing.

Jazz said an extra flight was sent in late Thursday evening to take most of the passengers on to Grande Prairie, while those who remained in Edmonton overnight were expected to complete their trip Friday.

The airline said it’s “very grateful” there were no severe injuries and that it’s co-operating with the investigation.

Just Posted

Updated: Red Deer welcomes 2019 Canada Winter Games Team Alberta

About 250 Alberta athletes are participating in the Games

Syrian immigrants feel welcomed

Winter Social held at Festival Hall to promote multiculturalism

Small group rallies with pro-immigration message

Group wanted to counter misinformation on United Nations migration agreement

Trump says ‘things are going very well’ with North Korea

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Saturday that “things are going very… Continue reading

NDP won’t stop until Trans Mountain is built, says minister

Deron Bilous speaks at Red Deer chamber luncheon

VIDEO: Students in MAGA hats mock Native American at Indigenous Peoples March

Diocese in Kentucky says it is investigating the matter, caught on video by onlookers

CONSUMER REPORT: What to buy each month in 2019 to save money

Resolve to buy all of the things you want and need, but pay less money for them

Anxiety in Alaska as endless aftershocks rattle residents

Seismologists expect the temblors to continue for months, although the frequency has lessened

Women’s March returns across the U.S. amid shutdown and controversy

The original march in 2017, the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, drew hundreds of thousands of people

Kriechmayr edges Swiss favourite Feuz to win WCup downhill

WENGEN, Switzerland — It takes a special run to beat Switzerland’s best… Continue reading

WestJet plane heading to Victoria slides off Edmonton runway, no injuries

EDMONTON — A WestJet plane has slid off an icy taxiway at… Continue reading

Sam Bennett scores twice, Flames beat Red Wings 6-4

Flames 6, Red Wings 4 CALGARY — Sam Bennett scored twice including… Continue reading

Rare ‘super blood wolf moon’ takes to the skies this Sunday

Celestial event happens only three times this century

Most Read