Plane stops in drifting snow at Stephenville airport

Andrew Robinson
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No reports of injuries, Provincial Airlines says

A Provincial Airlines flight had trouble with drifting snow after it landed at Stephenville International Airport Wednesday morning.

After Provincial Airlines Flight 913 from St. John’s landed about 7:30 a.m., landing gear on the Saab 340 plane got caught up in drifting snow. The plane came to a stop on the runway, but as Provincial Airlines vice-president of corporate development Stephen Dinn explained, the full width of the runway was not cleared at the time of the incident.

“There was some slight drifting on the runway, which got in the left side gear, and that just caused the aircraft to keep drifting further in that direction, so it became lodged in the snow,” said Dinn.

The plane was slowing down when it encountered the drifting snow, Dinn said.

Windy weather conditions were reported at the time of the plane’s arrival in Stephenville.

“From an aviation perspective, we obviously checked the weather in St. John’s and Stephenville before we departed, and clearly the weather was within our aviation standards,” said Dinn.

An airport vehicle transported the six passengers and the plane’s crew to the terminal. Dinn said there were no reports of injuries.

“The crew on the aircraft asked them all how everything was. They were all fine at the time.”

The plane was moved to a hangar Wednesday afternoon. Dinn said maintenance staff are inspecting the aircraft.

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Geographic location: Stephenville

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