22 June, 2019

Hydraulic system failure the likely cause of Port Airlines Q400 heavy landing at Hamilton

Photo Kurt Greul
A failure in the hydraulic system is said to be the main cause of the heavy emergency landing of a Porter Airlines Bombardier Q400 which burst all main landing gear tyres on June 18th at Hamilton, according to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB). 

The aircraft was operating Porter flight 458 from Montreal to Billy Bishop Airport in Toronto when the "flight crew experienced hydraulic issues and declared an emergency" said the TSA.  The plane, registration C-GLQB was made by Bombardier and delivered to the Canadian regional airline during 2006.

Following the issue, the flight crew made an emergency landing on runway 12-30 at Hamilton, "During the rollout after touchdown, all main landing gear tires blew and the aircraft was disabled on the runway," The TSB says.

According to local media, there were no reports of injuries among the passengers who disembarked the aircraft on the runway and were bussed to the airport terminal. Porter Airlines staff told the media, "The aircraft punctured tires upon landing and stopped on the runway." adding "All 59 passengers and four crew are uninjured"

A full investigation has begun and it understood the flight deck crew have been removed from flying duties for the moment. 

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