Members of Trail council in chambers on Monday, March 25. (Sheri Regnier photo)

Trail awaits final report on airport incursion

Transport Canada was at Trail airport last month; Transportation Safety Board report not complete

Robust training is underway at the Trail airport as the city awaits a federal report stemming from a close-call at the regional runway in December.

Read more: Investigation underway at Trail airport

Last month, Transport Canada made a personal visit to the airport to review the details and status of the airport’s Corrective Action Plan (CAP) following the runway incursion that occurred Dec. 12.

“They commented that the Safety Investigation was comprehensive, and have confidence that the CAP will help prevent a future occurrence,” airport manager Robert Baker explained. “The city is still awaiting a final report from the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) with their recommendations to Transport Canada.”

Aside from regulatory training, key deliverables from the city’s CAP include: improve airside vehicle operator permit and radio telephone procedures; purchase better aviation and ground radio equipment; and develop a procedure which details the airport’s responsibilities prior to a flight leaving Vancouver through rebound departure from Trail.

In summary, a Beechcraft 1900C aircraft operated by Pacific Coastal Airlines departed Vancouver International Airport for Trail Regional Airport that day with two crew members and 19 passengers on board.

While the aircraft was approaching to land on Runway 16, an airport vehicle was performing an inspection of the same runway. The vehicle was able to get to the main apron just before the aircraft reached the runway/taxiway intersection, thereby avoiding a collision.

There was no damage to the aircraft. No injuries were reported.

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