Thursday, May 22, 2008

Engine fire on Canadian North Airlines Boeing 737

Canadian North Airlines Boeing 737-200An engine on a Boeing 737-200 aircraft operated by Canadian North Airlines caught fire during approach to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan earlier today. The crew landed the aircraft safely. The five crew members and 105 passengers evacuated the aircraft without injury. The aircraft was later towed from the runway.

The incident happened early on May 22, 2008 on Canadian North charter Flight 5T-1714. The flight was en route from Fort Mckay/Horizon Airport (CYNR) in Alberta, to Montreal, with an intermediate stop in Saskatoon. According to news reports, a problem with the number two engine developed as the aircraft approached Saskatoon, and the crew declared an emergency. The engine was said to be on fire when the aircraft landed at Saskatoon's John G. Diefenbaker International Airport. Firefighters extinguished the blaze after the aircraft was on the ground.

Transport Canada is investigating the cause of the incident.

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