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Kelowna flight cut short after it took off with concrete tie down attached

A Beech 76 four seater aircraft, similar to the one in this photo from Wikimedia Commons, had to cut its flight short after departing from Kelowna International Airport with its tail tie down still attached.
October 07, 2020 - 7:29 AM

A Kelowna pilot took off from Kelowna International Airport with some unwanted cargo, forcing a quick return to the airport after being advised by the tower this week.

A Southern Interior Flight Centre Beech 76 had just departed Kelowna airport’s runway 16 on Monday, Oct. 5, and was airborne when the tower noticed the aircraft still had a tie down rope and cement block attached to its tail.

The pilot was advised and without delay made a crosswind turn in order to make a downwind landing on runway 16.

Unfortunately, the trailing cement block shattered on impact, forcing a clean up of the runway before further traffic could land or take off.

The incident, which was noted in the Civil Aviation Daily Occurrence Report (CADORS), resulted in a couple of flights being delayed about 10 minutes while a runway cleanup and inspection took place.

Thankfully, the aircraft wasn’t damaged, no one was injured and the airport was able to resume normal operations.

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