Three Royal Canadian Air Force members escaped injury when the leased King Air 350 they were operating was destroyed in a runway accident in Thunder Bay, Ontario on Jan. 31. Few details have been released on the circumstances of the accident but new photos and video from the scene show the heavily damaged King Air well off the runway with a breached fuselage and part of a wing separated from the rest of the plane. The aircraft was landing on Runway 25 after a flight from CFB Trenton, where it is based.
The King Air was leased from Air Tindi and is used by the RCAF as a personnel and light freight transport. The purpose of the flight to Thunder Bay was not released. The aircraft does not carry the RCAF insignia. “A Flight Safety investigation will commence soon to determine the cause of the accident,” the RCAF said in a statement. “The Royal Canadian Air Force thanks the Thunder Bay International Airport Authority and local first responders for their assistance and support in the wake of the accident.”