Incident at SASKATOON / JOHN G. DIEFENBAKER INTL SK (CYXE) (FOD (foreign object debris), Aerodrome - runway or taxiway surface condition)
2003-02-05: The airport operator at Saskatoon informed Aerodrome Safety that on January 27 at 8:25 pm, the Tower called the Field Maintenance crew to go and pick something up that was on the runway. The Tower had been advised by the pilot of an aircraft that something was lying on the runway. Field Maintenance went out to Runway 27 and found a set of wheel chocks about 600 feet from the threshold of Runway 27 just north of the centerline. The chocks were identified as belonging to Purolator Courier. The chocks were immediately removed from the runway. Purolator Courier leases a B727 from Kelowna Flightcraft which departs from their sorting facility (Apron III) around 8:00 pm each weekday for Regina and then on to Winnipeg. A Kelowna Flightcraft B727 was the last aircraft to depart Runway 27. The active runway was then switched to Runway 09. Chocks on the runway were reported by the pilot of a Beech Baron arriving on Runway 09. The pilot spotted the chocks upon exiting off Runway 09 onto Taxiway Fox. A Jazz a/c (BAe 146) also landed on Runway 09 closely behind the Baron and the crew reported seeing the chocks. The crew had been pre-warned by Tower that chocks had been reported on the other end of the runway. The Kelowna Flightcraft aircrew were advised by ATC of the incident. The Base Manager for Kelowna Flightcraft at Saskatoon took full responsiblity for the incident and explained that he had a practice/routine of hanging the wheel chocks on the landing gear doors while pushing the aircraft from the hangar out onto the apron. He would then take the chocks from the landing gear doors and chock the airplane. That night his routing was interrupted by a phone call and as a result he negleted to remove the chocks from the landing gear doors. He also admitted doing an incomplete walkaround. He acknowledged that his practice of towing the aircraft with the chocks on the landing gear doors for convenience sake was unsafe and would not be repeated.
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