Plane’s propeller damaged after Stephenville airport landing

Frank Gale fgale@thewesternstar.com
Published on January 10, 2014
This Provincial Airlines Saab 340 that sustained propeller damage shortly after landing at Stephenville Airport on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 is seen in front of a hangar Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014.
Frank Gale

STEPHENVILLE — The Provincial Airlines Saab 340 that had an incident shortly after landing at Stephenville Airport at 7:35 a.m. on Wednesday sustained damage to one of its propellers.

Stephen Dinn, vice-president of corporate development at Provincial Airlines, said the aircraft made a safe landing and was fully on the ground before encountering whiteout conditions.

Dinn said the damage occurred during the roll off from the landing when the plane veered from the centre of the runway and the propeller hit hard-packed snow on the side of the runway.

There were no injuries to anyone on the plane as a result of the incident.

Dinn stressed that the plane never left the runway and once stopped, the pilot and crew went back to the cabin area and explained what had happened to the six passengers on board.

On Thursday, the airline administration was still awaiting a full review of the aircraft after company personnel were sent to Stephenville shortly after the incident took place.

He said the crew of the airplane assisted the passengers into a van and they were met inside the airport by staff where they were rebooked on another flight.

On Thursday, Dinn said he wasn’t sure of the extent of the damage to the plane, but did say the aircraft would be getting a thorough inspection and repairs before going back into service.

He said the airline and the airport are each doing a review of the incident and will be sending reports to the proper authorities when they are completed.