August 6, 2014 8:48 am

TSB investigates near miss at Winnipeg airport

A near miss between two WestJet planes at the Winnipeg airport on Monday is being investigated by the Transportation Safety Board.

Tamara Forlanski / Global News

WINNIPEG – The Transportation Safety Board is investigating a near miss between two planes on the runway at the Winnipeg International Airport.

A WestJet Boeing 737 approached to land on the main runway at about 9 a.m. Monday, the same time a WestJet Encore Dash 8 taxied from the terminal towards the runway, the TSB said.

It’s unclear how close they came to one another, Peter Hildebrand of the TSB said.

He doesn’t know for sure if the taxiing aircraft made it right onto the runway, but it did encroach on what’s called “the runway environment,” Hildebrand said, meaning it was within the protected zone of the runway.

The plane that was supposed to land pulled up, flew over the runway and landed on a second attempt.

TSB investigators will be on site for the next couple of weeks doing interviews and examining the runway, Hildebrand said.

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