Small Plane Over Windsor Loses Contact With Air Traffic Controller
Monday September 8th, 2014
Posted at 9:04pm
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Transport Canada has released information about a recent incident over the skies of Windsor where a small private plane cruising over the city did not respond to numerous instructions by Windsor Airport’s air traffic controllers.
In a preliminary report published Monday evening, Transport Canada noted they received information from air traffic controllers at Nav Canada that a privately registered, single engine Piper PA-28R-200 propeller plane did not respond to numerous air traffic control requests on Saturday afternoon while a WestJet Boeing 737 was approaching to land.
According to the report, which is listed under Transport Canada’s “near midair collisions” occurrences category, the private plane was in a “wide right hand circuit” traffic pattern for Runway 30 when it was “instructed numerous times to fly north of the river to pass behind a WestJet Boeing 737-700” which was heading in to land on Runway 25.
“There was no response from the Piper PA-28R-200,” according to the report. The WestJet 737 landed on Runway 25, and passed under the private plane, the report said.
The report didn’t state how close the two aircraft came to each other.
“The aircraft called the tower while on right base Runway 30 [headed perpendicular to the runway] stating he had his volume turned down,” the report noted.
Transport Canada did not identify the registration number of the private plane but noted the incident did not result in injuries, fatalities or damage.
The report stated three other aircraft were delayed by five minutes.