Parkland Ambulance says a plane crashed shortly after takeoff in Saskatchewan on Thanksgiving Day. At 2 p.m. local time Monday, paramedics and other emergency personnel were called to the Prince Albert Municipal Airport.
“The very small aircraft on floats lost control on takeoff on the main runway and he came to a very hard landing and broke off his landing gear,” said airport manager Corey Nygaard.
The 40-year-old pilot and his 13-year-old daughter were the only people aboard the single-engine aircraft at the time of the crash.
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“When we arrived, we found that the two occupants of the plane had exited without any injuries,” said acting captain Chris Bourdon, with the Prince Albert Fire Department.
“There was no damage to the runway itself, although the plane did sustain heavy damage to the under carriage.”
The fire department assisted the airport with de-refueling the plane which was then hoisted onto a truck’s flatbed. Nygaard says the runway was cleared and it will be swept to ensure it was safe for other air traffic.
“What we know from the call is that a number of flights were delayed or cancelled. They did shut down the main runway at the airport for approximately three hours due to safety concerns,” said Bourdon.
“After approximately 5:30 p.m., they re-opened the runway and were letting inbound and outgoing flights proceed.”