Some Of This Week’s Other Highlights In Brief

  • An Air France Boeing 787 headed to Seattle from Paris diverted to Iqaluit last week following “heat smell” in the cabin. The 260 passengers and 12 crew spent 11 hours in Iqaluit before an Air France 777 was dispatched from Montreal to pick them up. That aircraft was supposed to be used to fly passengers from Montreal to Paris but that flight was cancelled to mount the rescue mission. The stranded passengers were taken first to New York before finally getting to Seattle 49 hours after they left Paris.
  • At least one aircraft was significantly damaged and others were entered by three men who jumped the fence at Vernon Regional Airport in British Columbia last week. Police did not release the nature of the damage but said it would cost thousands of dollars to repair. The police released security camera images of the three and asked for public assistance in identifying them.
  • A Kudlik Aviation PC-12 made a successful off-airport landing on ice near Rankin Inlet last week. The pilot and two passengers were able to walk away after the incident. The airline said a “technical issue” prompted the pilot to put the plane down. “This was not a crash, rather, the aircraft conducted a forced landing on the ice approximately five nautical miles east of Rankin Inlet airport,” Kudlik spokesman Jean Labrecque said.