Rouyn-Noranda Regional Airport
A returning Beechcraft aircraft of a medical evacuation mission made an emergency landing at the Rouyn-Noranda airport on Friday evening.
The pilot of the plane reported engine failure before landing, which required the mobilization of several emergency services in the airport around 9:30 p.m.
Airport manager Steve Bergeron says the plane landed safely.
You should know that a twin-engine aircraft is designed and the pilots are trained to operate the aircraft with a single engine. In fact, when doing training, we tend to mostly fly the plane with a motor for training purposes. So it's completely planned and designed for this purpose, assures the manager who is himself a trained pilot.
He adds that the airport records one to two such events per year.
Steve Bergeron mentions in passing that the airport has an emergency plan which is activated when x27; such an event occurs. We have an emergency measures plan which is required and then approved by Transport Canada, the aviation authority. It's a set of processes that allows us to deal with different scenarios, including an emergency landing like that. This plan is generally tested every 4 years, he explains.
Steeve Bergeron specifies that the activities of the airport have resumed immediately after the end of the operation.
Rouyn-Noranda airport rescuers practice in an emergency