Friday, February 23, 2018

Beechcraft B100 King Air, C-GIAE, Island Express Air Inc: Incident occurred February 23, 2018 at Abbotsford International Airport (YXX), British Columbia, Canada

At least two people were sent to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after an airplane went off the runway at Abbotsford International Airport on Friday.

The plane went off radar while taking off around noon and was soon found just off the taxiway near a raspberry field, airport general manager Parm Sidhu said. The field is located just west of the intersection of Walmsley Avenue and Clearbrook Road.

Sidhu said that there were no serious injuries among the 10 people – two crew and eight passengers – on board a charter flight from Island Express Air which was headed to California.

Of the passengers, six were uninjured, Sidhu said. Two had minor injuries while another two were sent to hospital but did not have life-threatening injuries.

Two or three small children were among the passengers, and at least one person was seen with cuts to their face.

Ambulance, police and fire crews were dispatched to the scene.

Sidhu said the cause of the incident is unknown at this time and that he wasn’t able to speculate whether the snowy conditions were a factor.

“It could be a combination of factors,” he said.

The Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the accident.

The accident delayed one flight originally scheduled to depart just before 1 p.m.

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Original article  ➤

An Island Express Air plane skidded off the runway at Abbotsford International Airport early Friday afternoon as heavy snow blanketed the Lower Mainland.

Airport general manager Parm Sidhu said 10 people were on board. None had life-threatening injuries.

"Around 12 o'clock, we received notification that an aircraft had gone off radar," he said. "We inspected the airfield and we found a Beechcraft B100 King Air north of the runway."

Sidhu said two of the passengers were taken to hospital and two others were treated for minor injuries at the scene.

The Transportation Safety Board has been notified of the accident. The cause is unknown at present. People from a variety of nearby businesses said visibility at the airport was very poor because of blowing snow.

At one point, firefighters, police and paramedics had set up a command post on site.

Original article can be found here ➤

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