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March 12, 2019 8:56 am

Updated: March 12, 2019 8:57 am

Damage to freight plane after landing at Moncton airport could cost up to $2M: airline

callum.jpg?quality=60&strip=all&w=40&h=4 By Callum Smith Video Journalist  Global News
 
The Boeing 747 was damaged as it was being taxied in to the Greater Moncton airport after landing Monday night

The Boeing 747 was damaged as it was being taxied in to the Greater Moncton airport after landing Monday night

 

A costly repair bill is expected after a freight plane was damaged following its landing at the Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport (YQM) Monday night.

“I would suspect, depending on internal damage to the aircraft, you’re probably talking $1.5 million to $2 million,” said Kalitta Air Vice President Pete Sanderlin.

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Sanderlin says an engine on the left side of the Boeing 747-4HQF collided with a snowbank while the aircraft was being taxied in on the tarmac, after it arrived.

“Snow was not cleared back adequate enough for a 747, apparently,” he said.

“We were following the taxi director’s instructions and drug an engine on one of the snowbanks there.”

 
 
 
<img class="story-img" src="https://shawglobalnews.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/img_2001.jpg?quality=70&strip=all&w=512" alt="Crews could be seen looking over the left side of the craft near the wing and engines."> Crews could be seen looking over the left side of the craft near the wing and engines.

Crews could be seen looking over the left side of the craft near the wing and engines.

Callum Smith / Global News

He says Kalitta Air will pay the cost of repairs up front, but adds the company will be in negotiations with the airport authority.

An engine cowling, which surrounds the engine, was damaged. The cowling was pushed in and “probably damaged some turbine blades,” according to Sanderlin.

Julie Pondant, the corporate communications specialist for YQM, says she was made aware of an incident involving damage to an engine at about 9 p.m. Monday.

Sanderlin says the freight plane was in Moncton to pick up lobster before heading to China.

“It’s just a misjudgment by the individuals that were directing the airplane,” he said.

Pete Sanderlin, the vice president of Kalitta Air, says the damage is expected to cost between $1.5 million to $2 million.

Kalitta Air

He says four crew members were on board, but there were no injuries.

Sanderlin expects the plane will be removed Wednesday after a certified pilot is brought in to operate the plane without an engine.

“We have to move a qualified pilot. There’s a limited number of pilots approved to do the three-engine ferry,” he said.

“We’ll be moving a pilot in there later [Tuesday] and probably the airplane will depart tomorrow.”

He says Transport Canada would most likely be involved in the approvals of that departing flight.

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