Tuesday, March 06, 2012

"Buffalo Joe" praises staff for successful emergency landing

Yellowknife, N.W.T. - The owner of Buffalo Airways is thankful everything turned out safely for everyone involved yesterday.

Buffalo's Electra plane was forced to make an emergency landing at the Yellowknife Airport after one of its landing gear malfunctioned.

The landing was successful and all six people on board, including a film crew for the show "Ice Pilots NWT", were safe and sound.

Joe McBryan said the crew did everything right.

“They followed all the procedures in their training and their exercises,” he said. “They did everything possible and the result is they got the aircraft down with as minimal amount of damage as you could possibly do under those circumstances.”

McBryan says the plane flew overhead for about an hour to burn off fuel and lighten the plane, but the crew was also taking that time for something else.

“They were using that time to go through all the emergency drills,” he said. “I was on the phone to people making sure we weren’t missing anything that we could have done to alleviate the problem. As it turned out, they made the right decision.”

McBryan also said everyone in the vicinity of the airport, including the military, offered help and he's thankful for the offers.


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