Nfld. & Labrador

Tire comes off Air Labrador plane, damages fuselage

The Transportation and Safety Board is investigating an accident that damaged an Air Labrador plane in Quebec on Sunday.

The Transportation and Safety Board is investigating an accident that damaged an Air Labrador plane in Quebec on Sunday.

The aircraft was landing in a small airport in the village of La Tabatière when it ran into trouble.

Air Labrador president Philip Earle says a tire came off when the pilot was making a sharp turn off what he feels is a short runway, which may have been part of the problem.

"It appears that the aircraft used the taxiway between the terminal and the runway as to extend the runway landing strip and at that particular point in time the plane took a sharp turn which caused the tire to come off," Earle said. 

Despite the accident, Earle believes that the Twin Otter aircraft is well equipped to land on and take off on short runways.

As a result of the tire coming loose on the airplane, some debris apparently flew off the propeller which damaged the fuselage of the plane.

No one was injured in the incident. The Transportation and Safety Board could take up to a year to investigate what went wrong.

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