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Plane goes off runway in Kugaaruk

A Buffalo Airways cargo plane went off the runway in Kugaaruk during the afternoon of April 28.

This King Air plane flying for Buffalo Airways slid off the runway and into a snowbank in Kugaaruk on Tuesday.
photo courtesy of Barnaby Immingark

“It looks like everyone is OK,” Mayor Teddy Apsaktaun said, adding that he could see that the aircraft had come to a stop beside the runway with a bent propeller.

RCMP and firefighters responded to the scene, but the mayor said there’s no indication of smoke or fire. He’s awaiting a formal report on the details.

“It’s still under investigation,” said Apsaktaun, adding that the incident occurred between 1-2 p.m., Mountain Standard Time.

A statement from Buffalo Airways said a King Air aircraft slid into a snowbank upon landing in the community.

The crew are safe. There were no passengers on board.

The Transportation Safety Board has been notified of the incident, the news release from Buffalo Airways stated.

Conditions in Kugaaruk during that afternoon were blustery, with light snow and wind blowing from the southwest at 53 km/h, according to Environment Canada.