October 5, 2017

Dash-8 Hits Two Deer


A Sunwest Dash 8 carrying 43 passengers and crew hit two deer as it was landing at an aerodrome near Conklin, AB, 155 km. south of Fort McMurray Tuesday.

No one was hurt when the deer reportedly jumped into one of the props on the aircraft.

The mishap closed the airport for at least 24 hours while authorities and the aircraft owner investigate.’

Sunwest said it would assess the damage and repair it before flying the aircraft out.

Sunwest uses Dash-8s to ferry oil patch workers to and from work. There is no scheduled airline service in Conklin.

The Transportation Safety Board has been notified but doesn’t typically investigate incidents like this.