The pilot of an Orca Airways Navajo has been dismissed for running off the end of the runway at Tofino Airport and not reporting the incident.
According to the CBC, the unidentified pilot warned his six passengers it was foggy in Tofino when they took off from Vancouver in September and that they might have to land in Port Alberni.
On the second landing attempt in Tofino, the aircraft apparently landed long and went onto the overrun. The three runways at the former military airfield are 5,000 feet long and have both GPS and NDB instrument approaches.
He apparently didn’t tell his dispatcher about the incident, which CEO Andrew Naysmith told CBC is against company policy. The mishap seems to have come to light when passengers reported it.
Orca is one of the biggest charter and scheduled carriers on the West Coast. It has 16 Navajos along with four King Airs.