Buffalo Electra gear up landing Print

C-FBAQA Buffalo Airways Lockheed Electra had a gear up landing in Yellowknife, NWT on March 5, 2012. The 1959 Lockheed 188A C-FBAQ was on a flight to CYZF,  from Goose Lake, NT when the crew reported the right main gear did not fully retract.  Several unsuccessful attempts were made to manually retract the gear over about an hour.  Following that, an emergency was declared, and the plane landed runway 34 with the left and nose gear extended.  When the right side of the plane dropped, it departed the runway and came to rest in the airport infield.

Transport Canada CADORS reports that a small engine fire was extinguished when the plane came to rest in the snow-covered infield.  Damage was substantial.  The plane was lifted by crane, and the right gear exended and locked when the gear door was pulled away. The incident closed the runway for a number of hours.


C-FBAQBuffalo Airways owner Joe McBryan told Yellowknife media that the flight crew made a "textbook" emergency landing.

You can see the whole story on the popluar History Channel reality show Ice Pilots NWT.

Last Updated on Sunday, 03 February 2013 22:46