© Star photo by Frank Gale
A Stephenville airport loader is seen preparing to unhook a Provincial Airlines plane it had just towed to the front of a hangar on Wednesday evening due to an incident earlier in the day.
STEPHENVILLE Shortly after landing at Stephenville airport Wednesday morning, the wheels of a Provincial Airlines Saab 340 got stuck in snow while taxiing down the runway.
Brenda Martin, airport manager, said the plane landed safely in good runway conditions but veered into a blanket of snow during whiteout conditions at around 7:35 a.m. Martin said the plane did not leave the runway.
All six passengers and the crew of three were safely transported to the Stephenville airport terminal by an airport service van.
Martin explained that anytime there is an incident, the airport has to follow Transport Canada protocols, so the plane was left at the location until a preliminary investigation was carried out.
The plane was towed to a hangar at the airport property later in the day using a loader owned by the airport.
Martin said the airportâ€™s safety operations procedures were activated and an investigation would be carried out by the Canadian Transportation Safety Board. The plane is expected to undergo an inspection before going back into service.
Provincial Airlines will resume regularly scheduled flights this morning.