2 tires burst during Jazz flight landing in Regina last month
TSB says that type of incident is rare, but burst plane tires reported on same day in Winnipeg
Passengers aboard a Jazz airline flight to Regina had a rough landing last month due to popped tires, the Transportation Safety Board says — an incident the agency says is rare, even though another flight landing in Winnipeg on the same day had a similar problem.
Preliminary reports from the TSB indicate two tires popped on a Series 705 Bombardier plane operated by Jazz during its landing at the Regina International Airport on Dec. 19, leaving passengers to exit onto a runway.
The flight — capable of holding 75 passengers — arrived in Regina from Vancouver around 3:00 p.m CST.
After landing, smoke was seen coming from the plane.
An inspection revealed the landing gear on the aircraft's left side was frozen.
A rare occurrence
This type of incident is "quite rare," said Eric Vermette, manager of Central regional operations for the Transportation Safety Board of Canada — although two such incidents happened on the same day.
The other happened when an Air Canada flight, also originating from Vancouver, landed in Winnipeg on Dec. 19. Three of that plane's tires burst upon landing.
Vermette said the drastic change in temperature from Vancouver to the Prairies is likely to blame for both incidents.
According to the reports, no passengers were injured and the planes did not sustain any damage aside from ruptured tires.
Both incidents are still under investigation.