A spectacular mishap captured by a vehicle dash cam is highlighting the recent change of operations at Buttonville Airport. A Cirrus SR20 flown by a student and instructor was attempting a touch and go at the Toronto airport and tried to go around. The aircraft failed to gain altitude, hit the perimeter fence and skimmed a major highway at the end of the runway before ending up in a ditch. The two occupants suffered minor injuries.
It was the first major incident since Nav Canada closed the control tower at Buttonville. That resulted in a major change to the airport’s emergency response. Buttonville staff were praised for the quick and comprehensive response.