Charter plane makes emergency landing at Calgary airport

CALGARY – A flight destined for the northern Alberta hamlet of Fort McKay was forced to make an emergency landing in Calgary on Wednesday.

The Canadian North charter plane departed from the Calgary International Airport in the evening, but quickly returned to Calgary after an apparent bird strike.

“We ran into a pack of geese and blew out one of the engines, and the engine caught on fire,” said passenger Blair Everson.

Travelers described hearing a crash and smelling smoke.

“Everybody got nervous,” added Dale Bauer. “They finally shut down the one engine, circled about a billion times trying to burn off fuel so it was safe for us to land.”

The flight was carrying about 100 passengers to a Canadian Natural Resources site.

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No one was injured in the emergency landing.

– With files from Jill Croteau

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