The pilot of an Air Canada Airbus passenger jet chose to wait at the end of the runway before taking off after seeing the runway conditions Friday morning.
The plane wasn’t able to take off for about two hours, creating scheduling issues for the rest of the morning. Friday morning’s weather turned frosty, with rain covering most of the 8,000-plus-foot runway at the Deer Lake Regional Airport. Temperatures dropped dramatically, freezing the rain and creating potentially hazardous conditions on the runway surface.
Airport CEO Jamie Schwartz said it was only the second time the weather has caused a delay during this past winter, which most locals say has been harsher than usual.
Schwartz said the plane taxied to the end of the runway, where the pilot stopped before completing the turn to get the vehicle into takeoff position.
“He wasn’t completing his turn until the runway conditions improved,” said Schwartz.
The CEO added that the incident did cause some delays, but as of Friday afternoon the schedule was back on track after the runway was sufficiently de-iced.
According to the airport’s schedule, two flights were delayed.