Incident at GJOA HAVEN NU (CYHK) (Incursion - runway - vehicle)


2003-03-26: A snowmobile crossed Runway 13/31 at Gjoa Haven while an ATR 42 (FAB 853) was landing on the runway. The aircraft landed without incident at 2258Z. RCMP was present at the airport during the occurrence, but were unable to speak to the driver, whose identity is unknown. The Nunavut Government airports supervisor in Cambridge Bay has been notified of the incident. The CARS O/C at Gjoa indicated this type of incident is uncommon at this airport.
2003-04-07: UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that Gjoa Haven had an unusual number of tourists as well as news media (mostly TV) from outside Canada. This was due in part to the arrival of an individual who is circumnavigating the Arctic Circle from east to west, mainly on foot. The person was walking to Gjoa Haven from Kugaaruk ( formally Pelly Bay). Concerned about the amount of pedestrian and vehicular traffic in and around the airport the CARS operator called the RCMP and expressed his anxiety about the situation and requested assistance. An RCMP member drove out to the airport and started a semblance of crowd control. Shortly thereafter, the crew of FAB 853 advised Gjoa Air Radio of their position, ETA and requested an airport advisory. The crew were given the advisory and were also told that a vehicle (RCMP) was on the property however the vehicle would not be in conflict with their arrival. Twenty minutes later, the crew of FAB 853 while on final approach for Runway 31T at Gjoa observed a snow machine towing a sleigh approaching the runway from the east southeast. The crew continued the approach since they saw the snow machine come to a stop well back of the runway edge. An uneventful landing was accomplished and the aircraft continued to the end of Runway 31T before the crew turned the aircraft around for the backtrack. The crew then noticed the snow machine cross the runway from east to west in the general vicinity of the airport terminal. The RCMP were unable to locate the driver of the snow machine, who is believed to be a tourist. The crew of FAB 853 was concerned with the original description of the event filed a report with their company reiterating that a risk of collision with the ground vehicle was nonexistant and at no time was the snow machine on or near runway surface when they landed (the crew were prepared and had briefed for the possibility of a go around). They did however express serious concerns about unauthorized vehicles on or near airport property. Aerodrome Safety, as an accident prevention measure as well as a safety reminder, will be contacting air carriers which service Gjoa Haven and other remote locales in PNR. The companies will be asked to remind their flight crews to advise their passengers that once deplaning begins that passengers go directly to the terminal.


CADORS Number 2003C0383
Occurrence Type Incident
Reported By NAV CANADA
Occurred At 2003-03-25 - 22:58
Day or Night? Day-time
Fatalities 0
Aerodrome ID CYHK
Aerodrome Name GJOA HAVEN NU (CYHK)
Geographic Location Nunavut, Canada, North America, Prairie and Northern Region, Gjoa Haven
TSB Occurrence Number
TSB Class of Investigation
AOR Number 28348
Reported By NAV CANADA
Categories Runway incursion - vehicle, aircraft or person,Airprox/TCAS alert/loss of separation/(near) midair collisions
Events Incursion - runway - vehicle

Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Aeroplane
 Silhouette image of Aeroplane
Canadian Registration
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration Canada
Occurrence Type Incident
Operator FIRST AIR (107) Commercial
Make  Silhouette image of AEROSPATIALE
Model ATR 42 300
Year Built
Engine Type Turbo prop
Engine Make
Engine Model
Gear Type Land
Private No
Amateur Built No
Flight Number FAB 853
Flight Rule
CARS Subpart
Phase of Flight Approach
Damage No Damage
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Events Conflict - potential

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