Thunder Bay International AIrport is a Busy Place – A Look at January 21, 2020

Tower at Thunder Bay International Airport
Tower at Thunder Bay International Airport

THUNDER BAY – The Thunder Bay International Airport is a busy place. In fact, the airspace over Northwestern Ontario is very busy too, as often flights headed around the globe are flying over our region.

There were some interesting events at Thunder Bay International Airport on January 21, 2020.

Coyote Delays Landing

Confederation College Aviation students receive some of the best training in the world and attract students from around the world as a result. Some of those students had an interesting experience yesterday.

One of the realities of flying… A coyote was reported on Runway 25 at the Thunder Bay International Airport. Two aircraft had to go around while awaiting the coyote’s departure. The aircraft were a Confederation College of Applied Arts & Technology Cessna 172N (C-GYHE) on a flight from Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT) to Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT) and a Confederation College of Applied Arts & Technology Cessna 172N (C-GJDN) on a flight from Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT) to Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT).

Engine Problem Solved

A KBM Forestry Consultants Cessna TU206C (C-FUUA) on a flight from Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT) to Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT) had an engine failure after landing on Runway 25 and was disabled for approximately 5 minutes.

An Air Canada Rouge Airbus A319-114 (C-FYNS/ROU1512) on a flight from Toronto/Lester B. Pearson Int’l, ON (CYYZ) to Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT) was pulled up by the tower controller. C-FUUA was able to restart its engine and exit the runway.

Emergency Locator Beacon Sounds Off

A continuous loud emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal heard on 121.5 at Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT). The Trenton Joint Rescue Coordination Centre advised that the ELT source was a Delta Airlines Airbus A350-900 (DAL275) that was en-route from Detroit/Wayne County, MI (KDTW) to Tokyo/Narita Int’l, Japan (RJAA).

Landing Gear Issue Forces Return to Airport

Thunder Airlines Ltd. Mitsubishi MU-2B-60 (C-FZQG/THU840) from Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT) to Red Lake, ON (CYRL) on departure reported a landing gear issue and requested a return to CYQT. No assistance required, the aircraft landed safely at 0145Z. There were no impact to operations.