1997-10-31: KFA 285, a regularly scheduled cargo flight from Hamilton, arrived on Runway 36 at Winnipeg, and while the crew were taxiing the a/c to the cargo apron, the a/c missed the corner at the Hotel, Foxtrot and Whiskey Taxiway intersections. The nosegear and right main gear became stuck in the grass which had been softened by recent wet weather. The taxiways were closed for approximately 4 hours while the a/c was extricated from the grass by 2 mules and a loader. There was no reported damage to the a/c or the taxiway lights. The Winnipeg area had been coated with freezing rain during the night and this may have been a factor in the incident. UPDATE The crew reported difficulty with directional control of the a/c during taxi because of ice on the taxiway. At the intersection of Foxtrot, Hotel and Whiskey Taxiway, the crew used reverse thrust to stop the a/c, but the nosewheels and right main wheels slid off the taxiway surface onto the grass. Prior to the occurrence, the ATIS
reported that the taxiways had been sanded, however there was no evidence of sand on the taxiway at the time of the incident. Sometime later, sand was applied to the taxiway.