Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Aircraft hits two deer while landing at Conklin Airstrip

Update: The MEG Energy Christina Lake Aerodrome has re-opened.
RCMP Alberta - The Wood Buffalo RCMP responded to an aircraft collision on October 3, 2017, at the Conklin Airstrip. The collision involved a Sun West Dash 8 aircraft and two deer. While landing on the Conklin runway, two deer jumped out in front of the aircraft, striking the propeller. The Sun West flight was carrying 43 passengers and 4 crew members. Damage was to the aircraft only.  None of the passengers or crew members were injured.

Transport Safety Board has been contacted. Sun West will be assessing the damage to the aircraft, before repairing or flying the aircraft.  The Conklin Airport is shut down for a 24 hour period.

Update/clarification: There are two airstrips near Conklin, Alberta. One is west of Conklin, and one is east of Conklin. The collision on October, 3, 2017, with the Sunwest Aviation Dash 8 occurred at the airstrip east of Conklin. This is the MEG Energy Christina Lake Aerodrome. The two deer died as a result of the collision.

The primary concern is for the well being and safety of the passengers and crew members. Although a rare occurrence, Sunwest Aviation is working with the airstrip operator on possible options available in order to make landings safer for wildlife.T

he airstrip currently remains closed. An update will be issued when it re-opens.

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