Chorus Aviation says damaged plane will return to service if it can be repaired

Chorus Aviation says damaged plane will return to service if it can be repaired

A Bombardier Q400 plane that sustained heavy damage during an Air Canada Express emergency landing in Edmonton last week will go back into service if it can be repaired, Chorus Aviation said Thursday.

The plane’s landing gear collapsed shortly after landing at Edmonton International Airport, causing a propeller blade to pierce a window and the surrounding fuselage. Four people were injured but all 71 passengers and four crew survived.

Halifax based Chorus, which operated the Flight as an Air Canada regional partner, said it has not determined whether the two engine Aircraft can be fixed or if it must scrapped.

The extent of the damage is still being established, CEO Joseph Randell said Thursday during a conference call about the company’s third quarter results.

He said an insurance adjuster has been assigned to the case.

The Q400 turboprop took off from the Calgary airport on Nov. 7 on its way to Grande Prairie, Alta. but was diverted to Edmonton after the pilot reported that the plane had blown a tire.

The Flight was diverted to Edmonton because officials felt conditions for a landing were safer there.
I deeply regret the stress our passengers experienced, Randell told analysts.

He said it could take some time before the Transportation Safety Board completes its investigation. Chorus is also conducting its own Investigation.

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Mohini Porwal [ B Sc]
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