C-GKQC, a de Havilland DHC-8-402 operated by Porter Airlines Inc. as flight PD219, departed Thunder Bay (CYQT) ON for Billy Bishop Toronto City (CYTZ) Toronto ON. After departure the flight crew selected gear up and noticed the nose gear light was red with no red light in the gear handle. The flight crew elected to slow the aircraft and requested a hold at 5000 feet. After consulting with the operator’s MOC, the flight crew carried out the “nose gear door malfunction”
checklist and the “alternate landing gear extension” checklist. The flight crew informed ATC , declared a PAN PAN, and requested a return to CYQT. PD219 completed a normal landing with ARFF on standby. After landing the flight crew noticed the nose wheel steering was inoperative.
The aircraft stopped on the runway and was towed the gate. The operator’s maintenance replaced the nose gear door actuator and retuned the aircraft to