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Float Plane looses power, land on lake short of YHZ

A Cessna 206 Float plane made a forced landing in Turf Lake, about 1.5nm short of Runway 23 at Halifax airport. The plane had declared an emergency with an engine power problem, and Airport emergency services were on standby at the side of the runway.

Just after passing 3 miles final, the pilot determined he couldn’t make the runway, and opted to land in a lake. The pilot was uninjured, and was rescued by a fire crews in a boat a short time later.

The following took place in less then 4 minutes. The occurrence aircraft’s registration is C-GBHL, and is refereed to by ATC as “Bravo Hotel Lima” i simplified that to BHL below.

ATC: hes about 3.5 miles final approach
Red6: <garbled>
ATC: there are some small lakes on the approach, nothing particularity large.
BHL: field in sight
ATC: advise if you need any help
BHL: ok
BHL: Im going to put it into this lake just to my left
ATC : ok check that, wind at the field 247 at 7 altimeter 2980 advise when you are on the ground.
BHL: will do
ATC: red6 ground, hes going to try to put it into a lake about a mile and half out.
red6: <garbled>
ATC: thats correct.
BHL: BHL is on the lake
ATC: ok check that. BHL when your put away there give us a call on the phone i have the number when able.
BHL: ok at this point no assistance is required immediately

the plane was built in 1981, and

More British Airways at YHZ

From Friday, A British Airways Boeing 777 and 787 sit on the cargo pads at YHZ. (Below) the 777 Head on. (Bottom) The 787 getting ready to depart.

The Flights Arrive as BAW3588 and Depart as BAW3575, though other flight numbers have been used.

Tonight at YHZ

British Airways 777. BA is running a daily cargo flight with freight for Michelin.
Sable Aviation’s BN-2A Britten Norman Islander which lands on the beach on Sable Island.
EHS Llifeflight was rolled out, Spooled Up, then shut down and put away.
WS4745 departing for Toronto
WS2231 departing for Calgary

Out of Work Dash-8’s

A collection of Air Canada Express craft laid up and out of work at YHZ. The Dash 8-300 on the right, looks like it could be put back into service at anytime. The smaller Dash 8-100 on the right (and larger below) is one of 25 of the type retired in May 2020, when model was retired from revenue service. Its openings have been taped up, and covers placed on the propellers to preserve the aircraft during its lengthy storage period.

Air Canada Express is operated by Jazz Aviation – Canada’s third largest airline, and Based out of Halifax.

MasAir makes a fuel stop.

A MasAir 767 made a brief stopover tonight for fuel. The flight was from Frankfurt to Mexico City.

MASAir is a Mexican Cargo airline, and operates out of Mexico City. The Companies fleet consists of 3 Boeing 767’s. It runs a regular scheduled service between LA, Miami, Mexico CIty and other South American destinations.

Il-76 at YHZ

This lyushin-76TD is operated by Russian cargo airline Volga Dnepr. It arrived in Halifax on Friday, and spent the weekend near the gateway terminal, in a spot excellent for viewing. UPDATE: Scheduled to depart on the 15th. There is no word on a departure time.

The design went into operation in the early 70’s, however this example is an upgraded civilian example from 2004. Size wise, this plane is slightly smaller then a C-17.

Air Traffic At YHZ

Having produced a couple of maps of ship traffic tracks in the harbour, I set out to do the same with the ADSB data i have been collecting. the result is Above, and is 5 days of Air traffic (arrivals in red, departures in green).

Shown are 325 flights. EHS, Cougar, and the coast Guard all conducted various training flights which are responsible for some of the weirder tracks visible. Lifeflights tracks to and from the hospitals are the tracks exiting the bottom center of the image.

You can see clear arrival tracks for Runway 23 and Runway 14 – runway 05 and runway 32 are less used.

I also pick up portions of international flights, flying great circle routes to Europe. those are shown in blue on this second map. – the range on these is much greater, as all these flights are happening above 20,000′

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