|The WestJet Encore plane that was the subject of
a Transportation Safety Board of Canada investigation into
a challenging landing in Terrace in January of 2020
(photo from TSB of Canada website)
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada has released its report into an incident at the Terrace airport in January of 2020, providing the details into its findings into the 'runway excursion' that took place for a West Jet Encore flight on January 31st.
The incident which closed the Terrace airport for a number of days, did not have any reports of injuries during the course of the landing.
In its investigation report (A20P0013) released Thursday, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) found that limited visual cues due to falling snow and a snow-covered runway contributed to the 2020 runway excursion involving a WestJet Encore De Havilland of Canada Ltd. DHC-8-402 in Terrace, British Columbia.
From the report, the TSB of Canada notes of the situation that evolved as the WestJet flight consisting of four crew members and 43 passengers arrived in Terrace.During the landing roll, the aircraft drifted left from the snow-cleared area of the runway and the left main landing gear exited the runway surface, travelling for approximately 400 feet before returning to the runway. During the runway excursion, the aircraft’s nose landing gear collapsed. The aircraft came to a stop in the centre of the runway. The passengers were transported to the airport terminal by bus approximately 30 minutes after landing. No injuries were reported. The damage to the aircraft included the collapsed nose landing gear and damaged right propeller blades.
|A windrow along the Terrace airport runway, part of the
investigation into the January 2020 landing
(from the TSB of Canada website)
inputs and wind conditions, along with a strong gust which put the plane into an windrow, which