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RCAF investigates incident at Thunder Bay Airport

Three air force personnel walked away without injury.
(Doug Diaczuk/TBNewswatch)

THUNDER BAY — The Royal Canadian Air Force says it has launched an investigation into Monday's incident at Thunder Bay Airport that saw a passenger aircraft slide off the runway.

All three RCAF personnel on board walked away without injury but were assessed at the scene by paramedics.

The air force says the plane was a King Air 350 turboprop operated by the RCAF.

A witness described seeing the plane approaching the airport from the east, and said it didn't sound normal.

The person said the plane touched down hard on the runway, bounced, then spun around before coming to rest in the snow.

The aircraft sustained extensive damage, including to its tail and wings.

A spokesperson at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa said Tuesday that no further details will be provided until the investigation is concluded.

Thunder Bay Airport CEO Ed Schmidtke said the airport will have no further comment as the incident is the subject of a DND investigation. 




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