Airplane damaged after Air Nunavut training flight lands wheels up

A King Air 200 made a belly landing around 1 p.m. ET, with at least two pilots on board.

King Air 200 made a belly landing around 1 p.m. ET Sunday

A King Air 200 made a belly landing around 1 p.m. ET Sunday. Here the plane is being strapped in as crews remove it from the runway about 1.5 hours later. (Patrick Nagle/CBC)

A pilot training with Air Nunavut in Iqaluit Sunday had an unwelcome surprise during a test flight — the plane had to make a belly landing, which means its wheels didn't help land the plane.

The King Air 200 was part of a training flight, according to the Transportation Safety Board (TSB). 

The incident happened around 1 p.m. ET on the runway at the Iqaluit Airport, delaying some departing flights for up to two hours.

Two forklifts came in to help remove the plane from the runway, which delayed some departing flights for two hours Sunday afternoon. (Patrick Nagle/CBC)

The TSB says the plane was damaged, though they can't say exactly how or where. Officials are interviewing the pilots of the plane later Sunday, which is when they will find out exactly what went wrong during the flight. 

The airport's runway was temporarily closed for about 1.5 hours while crews hustled to get the plane off the airstrip.

The plane was finally removed around 2:30 p.m. ET with the help of two forklifts.

The TSB says it will have more information about the incident Monday. 

With files from Patrick Nagle, Vince Robinet, Nick Murray