Aircraft with engine out lands safely at Kelowna Airport

A Dash 8 twin-engine turboprop aircraft, similar to the one pictured, made an unscheduled landing at the Kelowna Airport, Monday, April 6, 2015.
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KELOWNA – All the sirens in Kelowna’s north end over the lunch hour were fire crews heading to the airport as a precaution for the “unscheduled” landing of an aircraft with one of its engines out.

The pilot of a Dash 8, twin-engine turbo prop notified the tower at the Kelowna Airport at around 12:15 p.m. the aircraft needed to land, according to airport spokesperson Jenelle Hynes, which it did safely.

Hynes says the aircraft, with three crew members and no passengers on board, wasn’t scheduled to land at YLW. She believes it was heading to the Castlegar Airport, calling it a repositioning flight.

“The pilot did not declare an emergency but our Aircraft Rescue Firefighters were on standby,” she says. “The aircraft did land safely and will receive a full mechanical review before continuing on to its final destination.”

Hynes says it is suspected one of the aircraft’s two engines was out, but adds, until the plane receives the full mechanical review they won’t know for sure.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Howard Alexander at halexander@infonews.ca or call 250-491-0331. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.


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